A Letter From Farmer Kris:
A little more than a year has passed since my family and I took over Tara Firma Farms. Challenges abound, we are feeling more and more confident each day running the CSA and farming the land responsibly. "Learn something new every day is our mantra" and there is still so much to learn. With that said, we want to take the next four weeks to share with you a little about where we came from, where we are now and where we hope to be in the near future!
The leap of faith to buy a farm and become farmers started innocently enough with noncommittal holiday conversations; “Oh, wouldn’t it be nice if we all just bought a piece of land with houses and raised crops and animals and built a strong community around healthy food?” It is a dream many of us share and I never thought it would actually come to fruition. Boy was I wrong. At the tail end of the drought, our family descended on the sale of Tara Firma Farms and we all fell in love with the houses, land and the numerous possibilities.
My career has taken a few turns and oddly enough, every hat I wore was preparing me to become a farmer; Engineering school at Cal Poly, to being a Building Engineer, then onward to a career in Construction Management. My wife, Oona, was a Psychology major and worked on farms along the way then explored the inner workings of Film Production. When her interests in plants could no longer be ignored, she studied to become a Landscape Designer at Merritt College. We are joined by our 3 year old son Rowan, who is the real boss. Also on the farm is Oona’s father, Mark, and his partner Jen. When Mark isn’t at the Good Earth Natural Food Store, which he founded in 1969, you will find him on a tractor or planting crops out in the field with Jen, who is a collaborative artist and passionate gardener. All together, we have quite the tool set to spearhead this farming thing.
The best part of managing the CSA so far has been meeting all the wonderful members that care about where their food comes from. We thank you for your continued support of our farm and we strive to continually improve our service, which includes offering even more delicious food and products. Being new farmers, we want to become more than just a CSA to our community and wish to educate people on the importance of good food systems, farming practices and bringing children outdoors to learn about nature. We want to continue this movement and expand as a cornerstone in our community.
Today, we are elated to announce that the land here at Tara Firma Farms officially received Organic Certification from CCOF!
This was our goal from the start and we can now proudly declare that our eggs, fruits and vegetables grown out here on the farm are organic. With all of the false information the food industry throws at us, (i.e. Natural, which means nothing), when it is labeled organic, we know it is safe to feed our children.
In addition to the upcoming Barn Dance, we are going to celebrate our one year anniversary with the kickoff of our new monthly “Bring your Friend to the Farm” BBQs. We will be holding these going forward on the second Saturday of every month – the first one is Saturday, September 9th. It will be fun to discuss the farm, the season and meet more of our friends in the community. Thank you all and I hope to see you on the farm soon.