Green Gage Farm is now in its third year of limited production. We are seeing fruit on the 37 trees we planted over the past couple of years, abundant artichokes, happy chickens (19 now) and the return of many perennial blossoms.
Renovations are close to completion and we intend to offer four guest rooms as a part of California’s ‘Farmstay’ program starting in June. We probably won’t advertise this until all the inspections are complete and use-permits are filed, but friends, family and word of mouth visitors are welcome.
Our two acres are slowly being ‘tamed’ as we hack away weeds and trim brush. Once the winds die down, we will erect our new cabanas for elegant outdoor living space. This year we hung basket swings from the trees over the horseshoe pit, built up the grow beds we purchased in September so we can plant in the leachfield, created chain-link condos for the Rhodee-Reds and Leghorns (more safe than attractive), a new street-side fence and solar outdoor lighting fixtures.
Our custom-designed water system performed perfectly over the winter, channeling the storm-water runoff into our big field where it recharges our well rather than flowing through the city storm drains of Novato. We had more nights of hard frost this past winter than the previous years, so we lost some young plantings, but our water pipes are intact and all our animals survived.
To Learn More:
The Landscape Design Process
The Water Story – from flood waters
to harvested waters
The Permaculture Tour – looking at the details