About

I’m a fifth generation farmer in Ventura County California. The blog’s name comes from the town of Saticoy, near the site of the family farm. Saticoy is slowly fading into neighboring Ventura, and we now find ourselves close to the urban-rural boundary. We grow citrus fruits and avocados at the home ranch and another near Santa Paula. Are we sustainable? After 130 years on the same piece of ground, I think so, but the word means different things to different people.

For those who are interested, we are “conventional” farmers for the most part: most of our lemons go into the Sunkist system, and our avocados may be in your local supermarket. (Or Chipotle!)

But if you are in the Southern California area, you might have sampled our Meyer Lemons at the Sidecar Restaraunt, or tasted our fruit in Ventura Limoncello. We are not organic certified, and I don’t know that we ever will be. However, we have employed beneficial insects, mulching, cover-cropping, and careful water usage for a long time, and are always looking at new techniques. In addition to the Meyer Lemons, we have 8 other varieties of fruit that we are evaluating, including figs, apples, persimmons, apricots and pears. Most of this fruit is destined to go to local consumers.

Thanks for reading!

Chris Sayer

5 thoughts on “About

  1. I had no idea you did this! I will subscribe, and would love to twitter about your work as you make new postings. I always enjoy chatting with you, but we never seem to have adequate time to explore this kind of policy stuff. Let’s make some time! I will also add a link to this as we revise our UCCE website. People need to hear local farming voices!

  2. Thanks for your comment on our blog (www.pensci.wordpress.com). I would love to have your voice in our discussions more often – it would be an amazing resource for my students to correspond and talk with a “real” farmer.

    I hope that by educating the youth of today (and tomorrow), we can shift a few people into motion in order to create that big change that Joel Salatin promotes. As Ghandi said, it is up to us “to be the change we want to see in the world.”

    • Happy to be a part of ther discussion. Here’s a link to my take on the same basis question. (Hard for me to believe it’s been 2.5 years already… feels like I just wrote it.) Thanks for bringing this topic into the classroom!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s