I traveled to Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova on June 8th, 2013. My intent was to pick up tips about how to care for my garden. I took many photos and learned a lot during my visits. There were orchards with peaches, oranges, apples, cherries, and many other fruits.
I’m still getting used to my new camera, so of course the date is going to be wrong. In one photo, you can see a netting over some berry plants. The netting is to prevent air-borne bugs from damaging the plants.
In another photo, you can see how they built a compost pile. Compost piles are essential to growing, think of it as a fertilizer. Compost piles is a place where you throw away all of your biodegradable waste such as straw, vegetable stems, cow manure, egg shells. You can basically put anything natural in a compost pile, except meat. Meat will attract flies and will smell like rotting flesh. It is not suggested to use meat with your compost pile. I personally like to use the peeled ends of my kombucha scobies.
As I walked around, I came across some farm animals. There were sheep, cows, and chickens. As you can see from the photos of the sheep, they appear to be freshly sheared. They got their fur-cut before the hot summer kicks in :). I even saw some baby sheep! They were very curious. The cows seemed to be overheating. You might not be able to see it from the photo, but there were long strips of fly paper on the ceiling of their pen. From where I was standing, it looked as if there were a ton of black dots on the paper. Three steps to my left, I took a picture of some chickens relaxing in the shade.
Every Saturday, they have a farmer’s market event from the morning and it ends at 1 in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I arrived just as they were closing.
I took a picture of some stumps. This is where they teach people about the farm and other things. I might want a similar set-up when I teach people about their self-sustaining lifestyle.
It was a lot of fun! I got to learn a lot, and apply my knowledge to what I saw! I will definitely visit this farm again! If anyone wants to visit the farm, just beware of the rattlesnakes. Leave them alone and you will be fine!