Earth

Earth

Restoring our

ecosystem

and soil

Our Earth Ethos

One of the essential ingredients of restoring dignity in ourselves and others is our relationship to the Earth. When we cultivate our own soil, grow and prepare our own food, we are building our own value and ownership through tending to what we eat. This is the Earth Program. Earth grounds our outreach projects of Love to Table and the Unconditional Freedom Project, providing both the food and the education to teach others how to grow.

Our Farms

We farm on two unique properties in Northern California. The Land is a 162-acre property in the Anderson Valley, nestled amidst redwood trees and the Navarro River. We grow flowers, herbs and vegetables in our unique, mandala-shaped garden along with 35 fruit trees. 10 Mile sits on a hill two miles off the Mendocino County coast with the 10 Mile River flowing through it. We have gardens in the upper meadow, filled with clovers for the bees, and a large garden in the lower floodplain.

Our farms serve as food-producing classrooms, real-world laboratories and healing spaces. Our focus is on permaculture — creating agricultural systems with the same diversity, stability and resilience of nature herself.

Additionally, we are dedicated to sustainability and our long-term forestry and river rehabilitation plans. We provide food for our staff and visitors, as well as being the main food source for Love to Table, helping to feed forgotten populations.

We eat everything we grow, harvesting and processing directly from our garden to our industrial kitchen. We design what we grow around what we want to eat, what we can preserve through the winter months and what is native to our area.

Our Compost

A key element in Earth restoration is caring for our soil, which goes a long way toward healing our ecosystem.

Composting makes use of waste that we create, and recycles it much like nature would — feeding it back into the ecosystem, repairing the land from the ground up. Compost adds nutrients, stores carbon, retains moisture — creating the perfect environment to grow life-sustaining plants and food. It takes what was a dead-end and plugs it straight back into the natural cycles of the ecosystem.

We have developed the start of our compost program on The Land. Below are some videos of the process.

From the Blog

June 8, 2022
The idea of pairing a blue-collar sheriff in Mendocino County, a 33-year veteran of the force, with an ecologist who’s traveled to ninety countries studying large scale damaged ecosystems together in a prison education program might not look obvious at first sight.
April 12, 2022
A year later, March 2021, we found ourselves at a neighboring property lighting the ground around a large stand of Douglas Fir trees. This idea that we could start a fire to make ourselves safer was so foreign but made perfect sense.
March 9, 2022
What you’ll see in our Water video are highlights of conversations from the Water Summit on The Land with eco restoration expert John Liu, soil conservationist Ray Archuleta, and permaculturist Brock Dolman.
February 9, 2022
Bare feet. Fruit falling and some still hanging. This apple tree feels like I’m in Eden. The tree of life without the serpent. I think about how it was innate for my ancestors to come to the trees, to know the time for planting them, for eating from them.
November 2, 2021
On October 15th, at the tail-end of a long dry season, we convened a dream team of experts in water and soil ecology to develop a restoration plan for the Land’s hydrological cycle and soil health.
October 5, 2021
by Jay Holecek As a chef who has worked with food from all over the world, I find it very fulfilling to preserve and value add common ingredients that would...