Profitable Urban Farming (San Diego) — November 15-16

Is it possible to make a good living on less than an acre of land?

Learn how you can farm on just a quarter acre of land and make $50,000, or even $100,000 on half an acre.

Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm in Kelowna, BC. Since 2010, he has been successfully farming on multiple urban lots in the cities downtown, and will demonstrate to you, that you can farm on very small plots of land without the debt burden of a mortgage or the high capital expenses of the usual infrastructure that most farms need.

Curtis wants to show you how you can shave off two to three years of the mistakes he made, and get you off to a strong start now, making a great living doing something you love!

In this two day workshop, you will learn about strategic production techniques that focus on high value crops with short growth cycles as well as specialized and niche market streams such as restaurants, and cooperative CSA’s. You will also learn how to use modern technology to better manage your business that will save you time and money!

Topics Covered: Market research, site selection, site negotiation, crop selection, bed layout, tools, planting, weeding, watering timers, harvesting, market prep & storage, restaurant, CSA, and much more!

The workshop will take place in Mission Bay in San Diego on November 15 and 16.

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Prickly Pear Festival (Anza) — October 18

The 1st Annual Prickly Pear Festival will be on October 18th.   This FREE event will be located at the Hamilton Museum & Ranch, 39991 Contreras Road, Anza, CA 92539.

Here is your chance to sample locally made Prickly Pear Jam.   It grows in abundance in our valley as well as Anza and is easy to make.

To learn more about the craft fair and the Hamilton Museum, visit

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The High Country Conservancy and Anza Electric Coop are sponsoring the 1st ANNUAL PRICKLY PEAR FESTIVAL. It will start small with a booth at the Hamilton Museum Fall Fair Oct 18th.

Please contact me (annika or 951-234-1314 cell) if you have any Prickly Pear products, recipes (tunas or nopales) that we can sample or sell as a Conservancy fundraiser, and/or you want to be part of promoting a sustainable native plant that requires no water, no maintenance that just gives and gives.

I am planning on entering some of my prickly pear jam/jelly and juice at the M-COR Food and Garden competition as well, so the humble Opuntia will be well represented!

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Primal Pastures Farm Tour (Temecula) — October 18

Primal Pastures Farm Tour is on October 18 from 9am-10:30am. The cost is $5 per person.  From what I see on their website, this event appears to so popular that it is held monthly.

For more information, email or call 951-297-9933.

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Come join us for a Primal Pastures Farm Tour!  Great for all ages, this educational experience will put you out on the pasture with the happy animals at Primal Pastures.  You will have a chance to learn about our story, meet the farmers, meet tons of like-minded “fringe food lunatics”, see our laying hens, meat birds, sheep, guard dogs, farm cats, and more!  This semi-guided tour is approximately 1.5 hours and takes place at the original Primal Pastures “micro-farm” about 10 minutes from Old Town Temecula.  Come enjoy a day in Temecula’s wine country and see your food in action!

On farm purchasing is possible, but subject to availability – pre-ordering is recommended.  Check out the Farm Store here.

Cost: $5.00/person, children under 2 are free.

Bring: Shoes and clothes that are ok to get dirty, sun protection, camera, and a cooler if you would like to take some product home.

We will send all tour guests an email the day before the tour with final details but tour start time is 9:00am in Temecula, CA.

How Primal Pastures operates:

Hi there!  Thanks so much for visiting our site.  We are a small “direct to consumer” family farm offering premium, locally produced meat to local people throughout Southern California.  We offer home delivery approximately once per month across Southern California and customers can also pick up their orders at the farm in Temecula.  Each month we clear out all of our inventory and reload our online store based on what we have available – locally and seasonally.  As soon as we reload, we send an email out to our mailing list (bottom of the page on the right) with ordering instructions and pickup dates and times for that month.  Each customer will place their desired order, select the pickup site they would like to use, and meet the Primal Pastures team at the designated time to pick up their order.

So, if you’re searching for a product that appears sold out right now don’t fret!  Just add your name to the mailing list and we’ll notify you as soon as we have restocked the inventory.

Hopefully that helps to clear up some confusion!  We are super passionate about making excellent local food available to our neighbors as simply and conveniently as possible.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.  Thanks again for visiting, we would love the opportunity to become YOUR local farmers!


Tom, Jeff, Paul, and Rob

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Growing Dragon Fruit (San Diego) — October 22

Learn how to grow Dragon Fruit on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  This event is located at Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado, Room 101, 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA.

This is a monthly meeting of the California Rare Fruit Growers, San Diego chapter.

The meetings are open to the public.

For more information, visit

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Fall Gathering at Malki (Banning) — October 18

The Malki Museum sponsors three main events each year which are designed to be traditional and educational.

The Malki Fall Gathering is taking place October 18th at 10am.

At our annual Fall Gathering, there are demonstrations, lectures, and of course, food tasting! This event is held usually in late October, and features Native arts, crafts, and games, as well as Cahuilla harvest foods such as wewish (acorn mush), a time-consuming but staple dish. The demonstrations often include Cahuilla bird singing, basket weaving, acorn leaching and grinding, pottery making, and flint-knapping.

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Design for Sustainability — Registration closes October 12

Gaia Education Design for Sustainability program is a FREE online class.

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Gaia Education Design for Sustainability programme is intended to serve the purpose of educating for the transition to comprehensive sustainable culture – broadly global in scope yet determinedly local in application. It will focus on fundamental principles, themes, and aspects needing to be addressed in any comprehensive introduction to sustainability design and development. Registration closes 12 October 2014!

The education programme is consistent with and representative of key values in the greater ecovillage community, values that include: honoring unity through diversity; celebrating diverse cultures and creeds; practicing racial, cultural, and gender equality; promoting social justice and environmental awareness; striving for peace and local self-determination; raising consciousness and human potential; and, generally, respecting the living Earth as our planetary home.

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Farmers’ Market Fair — November 13th

The San Jacinto Valley Certified Farmers’ Market will host a craft/ artisan fair on November 13th at the market.  If you make handmade items and would like to sell on that day, please contact Susan at

If you are not a crafter or artisan, then please, please, please come support our local artists by attending and shopping at this event.

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