Weston, a Tucson, Arizona native, manages the farmers and handles the complex logistics of a disaggregated urban farm, a difficult and often thankless job. He likes pets, flowers, and overcast days. He reads graphic novels and listens to KCRW. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall but has yet to develop his skills as a basketball player.
Farmscape is seeking a part-time urban farmer for coastal Los Angeles south of the 10 freeway. We anticipate the position will grow to full-time work within a year.
Farmscape is an urban farming company in Los Angeles. We set up and tend intensive organic vegetable gardens, providing residents, restaurants and schools with the materials and ongoing support necessary for their garden to flourish. We are turning the city back into a farm one yard at a time.
As the heat wave showed its first signs of breaking this week, all around Los Angeles you can finally feel Fall starting to creep in. And with that transition we start to say goodbye to our favorite Summer crops and begin to prepare for the new season.
The Summer of 2012 was a strange one not just here but all over the nation. It led to many crops performing a little worse than they have in the past but that’s the spirit of working in harmony with nature, sometimes she makes it a little harder for you
We had an interesting problem at our nursery in Claremont a few weeks back. I'd sheet mulched the nursery with free wood chips from a local tree service and cardboard from Pomona College. It's a cost effective method for removing grass and keeping the area attractive, but it provides an ideal habit for Earwigs. Normally we don't worry about earwigs in our gardens because they leave mature plants alone and eat aphids and other pests. In the nursery, however, they were absolutely decimating the young plants, whose succulent growth they prefer. I'd leave at night with everything looking fine and the next morning there would be little more than a piece of stem poking out of the soil.
This enormous harvest in Claremont was the result of two factors--the age and size of the garden. With 4 4'x8' raised beds, this garden is on the larger end of the gardens we've installed. It's also one of the the gardens we've been maintaining for the longest period of time.
Because we put such a strong emphasis on building up the soil over time, our gardens tend to increase in productivity from season to season, rather than decline over time as the soil becomes depleted.
This 36 pound harvest is a sign that good things will come if you focus your gardening efforts on maintaining soil fertility.
Our larger tomatoes are in regular production now; I've actually had to start harvesting more often than once a week to make sure they don't rot on the vine. Because I've harvested so frequently of late, our harvest total has been skewed downward.