Our journey together began 15 years ago in search of an alternative life. Leading us eventually to La Milpa Organica Farm. A community farm that was just taking form and Barry Logan the owner at that time gave us the opportunity to create our tiny home and live off the land. When we first started we knew nothing about planting seeds, pulling weeds, or even how vegetables grew. We had left our corporate jobs to find something that would satisfy our needs to be more connected to nature and ourselves.
La Milpa offered us a sanctuary where we could live under the oaks, simplify our lives.. With our two kids (at the time) we embarked on what was probably the most important decision we’ve ever made. We also decided to homeschool our kids and teach them a more hands on approach to life.
Throughout that experience we realized how important it is for everyone, especially kids, to put their hands in the soil and understand the basics of growing food. We can certainly all agree that food is an important part of our lives and knowing how it grows is just as critical. As we developed our farming techniques we began participating in community outreach, teaching kids about growing food, creating CSA programs, and participating at farmers markets.
Eventually, La Milpa suffered from some financial strains and as fate would have it, Stone Brewing came to give it a try. Though they had no farming background they definitely had a passion for supporting small organic local farms. Stone Brewing then met with us to see what potential there might be to continue using the land as a farm which could serve not only as a provider of produce for their restaurants but also a place where the community could come out with the family and enjoy the farm vibes.
After a few more discussions, we were put into a leadership role for Stone Farms. Now with a more stable financial backing we were able to take the farm to another level in regards to infrastructure and diversity of produce being grown. Essentially creating a mini edible forest that provides a wide array of fruits and vegetables; Apples, Oranges, Avocados, Guavas, Dragon fruit, Passion fruit, Cherimoyas, Lemons, Macadamias, Figs, Peaches, Apricots, Grapes, Blackberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Mulberries, Bananas, Sugarcane, Carrots, Onions, Beets, Hops, Sage, Thyme, Lavender, Salads greens, Broccoli, Kales, and the list grows.
After 5 years with Stone it was decided to let the farmers run the farm and we parted ways.
Which brings us to the current incarnation of the land.
Having been in the local farming movement for so long we are constantly reminded of how increasingly rare it is becoming for the community to have access to places such as this. A place where you can bring the family, see veggies and fruit trees growing and have a genuine farm experience.
For us this is a sacred space. We feel that this project is bigger than ourselves and is about the preservation of small local artisan farms that have a critical role in society. It is of tremendous importance that such places of inspiration and learning exist. Places where the community can come together, unplug from the outside, and connect on the inside. Farms are at the core of what actually creates culture.
We are farmers, artisans, healers, educators and yogis who want to contribute to the world and are dedicated to the betterment of our surroundings and ourselves. Terra Madre is ultimately a place for healing and creating solutions.
Our goal is to be one of many nodes of shinning light for peace and love to rule the world.
We are creating a place that allows us to grow ideas to help promote home gardening, self-healing, healthy eating, exercise, artistic expression and happy living. Whether it be through attending a workshop, tasting our fruits & veggies or simply walking the gardens, you are bound to have a magical experience.