Sunday, January 4, 2009

LA Farm Girl Finally Realizes That It's 2009!

I guess the holidays have really knocked me off schedule and I realize I haven't posted in quite a while!

Last year I made some farm and food related resolutions and I realize that while I kept some of them, some of them I didn't. So, I have decided not to torment myself by making such resolutions again since one never seems to know what life is going to throw at you.

But....I will try to keep moving forward on my path to eat more locally grown, family farmed, fresh fruits and vegetables in the coming year. I am also making progress in buying more locally produced products in other areas as well, or at least shopping at local merchants so I am encouraging others to keep doing that as well.

I am also trying to decide which way to go with my writing, I so enjoyed working on my book about the history of farming here in the South Bay and am wondering if anybody is interested in the history of farming in Los Angeles, there is so much to it and it involves a lot of research but I feel like its so important to tell the story.

So, if you are a follower of this blog, please let me know what you think, are you interested in LA Farm History? Are there other things you are interested in? Let me know!

I also have the idea of doing a guidebook, "The Garden Lovers Guide to Los Angeles," and can't seem to shake it, but is anybody interested in that?

Here's wishing us a "fine 2009!" And here's hoping that our family farmers continue to find fresh food lovers who will support them!!!!


Ben Pierce said...

I would be interested in reading about the history of farming in Los Angeles. I grew up in Norwalk when it was all dairy land to the south of us. When I attended Cerritos College I remember they had a huge book that was put together about Los Angeles county dairy men and farmers. It had a lot of history. You may want to try and find that book for your research. I also know at one time that Downey was a big orange growing area. La Habra Heights and Whittier were big avocado growing areas. UCLA had a school of subtropical agriculture. I am in California Rare Fruit Growers and have studied the history of fruit growing in California for awhile now. I also ended up with a lot of historical materials from a friend that passed away.

LA Farm Girl said...

Hi Ben!

Thanks for actually reading the blog and for commenting. So many people tell me they read it, but only one or two actually comment!

I found out about UCLA and how they had an entire School of Agriculture, another branch of UC Davis. Fascinating stuff!

I would love to hear about the history of fruit you uncovered and the rare fruit activity down in San Diego.