All posts by Kim Dow

Singing Frogs Farm

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by Sarah Hadler

Covered in a light layer of misty fog, I rode down into the green valley bottom, where the Atascadero and Jonive Creeks converge—home to Singing Frogs Farm. I was greeted by Wenge, the very sweet, tail-wagging farm dog and a cheery, “Hey, Sarah, down here!” from Paul Kaiser, who along with his wife, Elizabeth, is responsible for the vibrant wonder that is Singing Frogs Farm. Paul, Elizabeth, their two children, Lucas and Anna, and a wonderful mélange of animals (the aforementioned dog, a llama who likes to kiss, a goat, five sheep, ninety Girlie Girl chickens, and a beehive) and plants, share nine acres of lush land northwest of Sebastopol.

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Bloomfield Bees

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by Sarah Hadler

Geof Whitford, beekeeper extraordinaire, says that “Sonoma County, with its diverse plant population and therefore diverse insect population, is a wonderful environment to keep honeybees.” Geof, and his wife Jackie, have been keeping bees in Sonoma County for the last six years. Shortly after moving to this area, Geof read an impassioned article in the West County Gazette about the declining honeybee population and what people could do about it.

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Star Mountain Gardens

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by Sarah Hadler

Phyllis Hughes, the one woman wonder show who runs Star Mountain Gardens, remembers her first farmer’s market in Occidental, three years ago: “I made $86 and I was so excited to find that people wanted to buy the stuff I grew!” A self-described “back to the land hippie of the 70s,” Phyllis moved out to California from the east coast. She grew her own food for a while, then took a long hiatus from it, travelled the world, went back to school, and taught for awhile. She found herself back in California thirteen years ago, married her old sweetheart, and slowly got back into working with the earth.

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