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The Natomas Farm
…….lots of Cluck cluck to be

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Feb 10, 2016
…….lots of Cluck cluck to be

Farmer Deno would like to introduce our Blog followers to our newest employees of the farm. The 2016 Natomas Farm forecast is.... a bumper year for us. These 100 new employees will be in charge of pest control......fertilizer production.....and of ...

The Natomas Farm
….you asked. And asked. And……

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Feb 5, 2016
….you asked. And asked. And……

I tried to leave this blog last November.....that is published in the Sacramento Bee's Connect section each week......there is just not enough hours of the day to write about the farm. I have several websites to keep updated....and several Face Book si...

The Natomas Farm
…..a Cucurbitaceae. Uniqueness sells.

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Feb 4, 2016
…..a Cucurbitaceae. Uniqueness sells.

This year we are adding a new melon.....actually we are adding 7 new varieties of melons. I want to talk about this Ein Dor Melon....known for its intense aromatic perfume and very sweet flavor with a hint of cotton candy and marzipan. It took me ...

The Natomas Farm
…. Phoenix (little Einstein)

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Feb 4, 2016
…. Phoenix (little Einstein)

This is one of our favorite kids around our town ..... Phoenix (this is one of our favorite kids around our town ..... Phoenix (little Einstein). We had him harvesting his own bag of citrus...gave him a gallon of blood orange juice. Some nice books t...

The Natomas Farm
……….there was a place named Orange Julius

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Feb 4, 2016
……….there was a place named Orange Julius

I get this craving whenever I see a giant bowl of blood oranges that we grow here on the farm.....sitting on my dinette table. Back in the late 1950's when Farmer Deno lived in southern California......there was a place named Orange Julius.....that m...

Bamboo and More
Aloes and acacias: another few weeks of patience

Aloes and acacias: another few weeks of patience

This winter has been strange. Maybe because after four years of drought it’s marked a return to the “old days,” or a semblance thereof? We only had one night below freezing and certainly more rain than we’ve been used to lately (7.77 inches since November 1, 2015) At the same time...

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A few new plants (early February 2016)

A few new plants (early February 2016)

Admittedly, this is not the best time of year to get new plants. It is, after all, still winter—even here in California. But for reasons that are no doubt part physiological and part psychological I tend to go stir-crazy in late January/early February, wanting nothing more than to work in the garden.

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What a wonderful Whorn

What a wonderful Whorn

St. Louis-based blogger Alan Lorence of It’s Not Work, It’s Gardening! is not only an insightful writer and photographer, he’s also an accomplished woodworker. He recently started a new company, Nimble Mill, to market his handcrafted furniture and garden art. Nimble Mill has released three designs so...

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12/30/15: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Tucson, AZ (part 2)

12/30/15: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Tucson, AZ (part 2)

Part 1 of this post ended at the Mission of the Sun, the simple yet magnificent adobe chapel Ted DeGrazia hand-built with the help of Native American friends. Just beyond is the house where Ted, his wife Marion and their three children lived. Like the Mission in the Sun, it was...

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12/30/15: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Tucson, AZ (part 1)

12/30/15: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Tucson, AZ (part 1)

After my morning outing to Tohono Chul Park I finally visited a place I’d always wanted to see but had never had time for on earlier trips: Ted DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun.

Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia (1909-1982) was an artist at home in many disciplines...

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