News From the Farm – May 2, 2013

The farm is so alive during this time of year! Everywhere you turn, it seems like something new is blooming, growing or coming to life. Though the hot summer seems to be racing towards us, with harvests of tomatoes, melons and squash coming soon, everyone seems to be totally rejuvenated by the bright green hills and blooming flowers. We invite you to come experience the farm in its full spring attire – chock full of flowers, baby animals and bright green hills for the 2013 Capay Valley Mother’s Day Country Gardens Tour. 

The Capay Valley Garden Tour is proud to feature nine gardens this year, including Good Humus Produce, Cache Creek Lavender, Leapfrog Farm, Lloyd Ranch and Full Belly Farm. The Gettleshtetl Garden is a wonderful homesteading garden that has over 20 varieties of fruit trees, nuts trees and even a home olive grove! Also included will be the Seka Hills Olive Mill open for olive oil tasting and Chamisa Ridge Nursery where you can purchase many of the natives that are low water use. You can bring a picnic and lunch on the lawn at many of the gardens or purchase a delicious lunch from the Grange Hall in Guinda. Not only is this a fun and relaxing way to spend Mother’s Day, but it is an opportunity to see the farms where your food is grown. 


Proceeds from the Garden Tour will benefit the Will Baker Native Plant Garden, a 1/2-acre community-based project with the goal of creating an educational and native plant garden. Will Baker was a longtime local resident, author, UC Davis professor, farmer, cowboy, and poet. The Capay Valley was fortunate to have the benefit of his enthusiastic participation in every aspect of community life. The project is maturing after five years of volunteer labor. Eventually it will be a demonstration garden featuring native plants and highlighting their utility in rural and home landscapes, featuring plant groupings according to the natural plant communities of the region with associated informational displays. Also benefiting from the tour is the local Future Farmers of America program at Esparto High School. 

The gardens and homes will be open from 10am to 5pm. The cost of the tour is $10/adult, children under 12 are free.  It is a self-guided tour, so you start wherever and whenever you want! You can buy your tickets on-line and get your map in Esparto when you arrive. For more information, visit See you on May 12! 

–Dru Rivers


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