The philosophies that create the foundation and drive the actions of the farm are holistic in nature. Creating a deep connection to place, sharing lore to build community founded on these relationships through shared stories and experiences is foremost for Good Rain Farm. The true entanglement of our lives with the lives of plant and animal that surround us is highlighted and celebrated on the farm. We tend the land with 7 generations in mind, a concept widely held by many cultures the world over. This farmscape allows all to be active stewards who sustainably and humbly tend to the Earth.
The Farm is not Organically certified but is informed by those regulations steeped in bureaucratic paperwork. The farm celebrates all forms of foods emphasizing traditional native foods. Of course growing foods that have been breed and domesticated in ways that maximize density, speed of growth and efficiencies without losing flavor. On the farm, rabbit is raised for meat, but in that act the farm honors those lives in respecting and using all parts of those bodies. What cannot be consumed or worn is then given back to the earth mimicking the cycles of life found in all ecosystems throughout the world.
Living in harmony with the land is no doubt challenging, more so these days when indigenous cultures are silenced, unrecognized and attacked as is the Earth as it confronts climate change. The farm can address these barriers by supporting the community by growing food and insuring that a portion of our efforts within production, education and community building is met. Farm tours and volunteer dates allows the community to visit, learn about, help build and expand the capacity of the farm to grow food and generate awareness of our space as a safe community resource for all.
We are all keepers of biological diversity. Through tending the land, participating in anyway that fits us as a member ofp our local ecosystems we can create change together. Together, through this farm, we can build and sustain food sovereignty for our community.
“Tending the Wild” shines light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how they have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia, in the process developing a deep understanding of plant and animal life. This series examines how humans are necessary to live in balance with nature and how traditional practices can inspire a new generation of Californians to tend their environment.” This wonderful series was Co-produced by KCETLink Media Group and the Autry Museum.