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Snake Oak Farm EST. 2013
As Southern Californian natives, we never dreamed of owning a small farm. But when we found Snake Oak Farm in the Spring of 2013 it seemed like the land surrounding our 1895-ish farmhouse was begging for animals and a garden. We started with chickens. Chickens are a gateway animal. Soon we had geese, then goats, then ducks. This past year we have added shetland sheep and two heritage hogs. We try to grow a large proportion of our food because we believe the meat we consume should, as often as possible, come from animals raised humanely and processed with respect.
In 2015 I started following Erin of Floret. My mom and I have always been a fan of flowers on our tables and watching as erin championed the old and forgotten flower varieties made me wonder what I could grow for my own table. I started the first year with a few varieties of sweet peas and some zinnias my mom recommended. IN the Fall of 2016 with the worst flu I've had I took advantage of a dig your own dahlias day at Wollam GArdens and came home with three five gallon buckets of tubers. The next year I grew these along with several other annuals with a lot of success. I quickly realized that I was growing much more than what I needed for my table and resolved to do a farmers market. We did our first farmers market in 2018 with a lot of success. I completed my first large wedding that fall along with a handful of engagement and elopement bouquets. we also completed a flower cooler.