Fallen leaves

Clean up!

Row covers and extra sheets protect the greens and crops underneath

Winter has come early and with a  fury here to a “weather-less” land of So Cal.

What a week… hurricane force winds… now bitter cold. Poor salad greens  which were first blow- dried are now freeze- dried.

Thanks to everyone for their concern, wishes and donations from EM  and  JA .  We are extremely grateful and counting our blessings as we were spared any heavy damage. We had a ton of cleanup to do – picking up all the debris.  More than 750 trees downed in Pasadena and over 40 homes destroyed. Some folks are still without power and water.   We had a friend stop by yesterday to use our computer as he and his family are, after four days,  still waiting for power to be restored.

So we are VERY VERY thankful.  We may be out of the salad & leafy green business for a while though we still have our home sweet home.  Of course, this minor disaster made us feel so blessed that we live in an old house.  Not only that, but  we also did some “prepping” and had food, water and emergency supplies in stock. Read previous post about “Being Prepared”


The clean up will take months.  Local flora prides such as  the LA Arboretum will be closed indefinitely as they estimate that over 50% of the trees are gone or damaged. Sad to see such majestic trees toppled.

The Front Porch Farm Stand has been clean up from all the debris and is still open, so please come out and support local foods and farms or purchase homestead supplies online

This setback means we REALLY need your continued support (there are certainly other food goods that you can purchase!) more than ever to keep our farm stand and  supply going and growing for another year.

Coming soon… harvest tally totals and another giveaway!


  1. Grace says:

    Didn’t know that it was that bad there! Be safe and good to know your house is still going strong! Bad news about all those trees :S

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, I’m still thankful that all life other than plants are well and unharmed. Falling trees can be quite destructive. Even the smaller trees can do considerable damage. The cleanup afterward can be an emotional time seeing all the hard effort that has been wiped out. I detect in your post that Dervaes strong pioneer spirit that will not be defeated is still alive and well. It’s one of things that drew me to be a regular reader of your Website. I always get inspired by reading about your small plot of land that may grow 6,000 pounds of produce in a year but even more important it grows a spirit of accomplishment that gets sent out through the world every time you post a blog message. Showing others what can be done on a city property and inspiring them to try it is even bigger than the produce you grow and sell.

    Many blessings on you and your family from snowy winter Nebraska.

  3. Heather :) :) :) says:

    I’m glad you’re okay 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’m sorry about all the damage. Oh, to hear about the L.A. Arboretum being closed makes me really sad, because I went there all the time as a kid..My mom would take me multiple times a month. it was my favorite place to visit….and still is…if I’m ever down in the area again. I hope they and everyone else can recover!!!

    I grew up in Southern California and I can well remember those Santa Ana winds. I remember one day on the playground…we could lean forward into the wind and not fall down. The winds were that strong.

    IN any case, I’ll pray that you will recover !!!! Have a great week. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  4. Michelle says:

    I’m glad you guys are ok. I’ve been wondering how the homestead survived the weird weather. Over here on the east coast we’ve been experiencing sunny, 60 degree days… maybe we traded weather? 😉

    All kidding aside, my thoughts are with those recovering from this awful storm. Stay strong. 🙂

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