I didn’t know what the term “monocrop” meant until I was in my 20’s. Growing up in an agricultural community meant that my dad grew wine grapes then cherries, my neighbors grew cherries, one family down the road grew christmas trees, my aunt and uncle had a wheat ranch, I knew some folks with beef cattle, further east there was a stand of poplars, and so on…no one talked about diversifying crops on their property in the 80’s and 90’s. Over the years I learned a fair amount about the land we live on, the soil under our feet, and the water in our streams and wells.
Part of the vision for Little Bear Hill is building a sustainable relationship not only between art and farming, but also between individuals and the land they tread upon. We don’t want to put all of our eggs into one basket not because we don’t trust the basket, but because there’s more to life then just eggs. So far we have planted a few peach trees and purchased a hefty amount of seed garlic in order to broaden our harvest season and diversify our yield. Bring on the soil, the sun on our backs, and the subsequent food in our bellies!