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From NOLA to NorCal

A city boy from Louisiana finds himself on a farm in Clayton.

I've been here in Clayton, specifically on Buttercup Farms for about a month. I've never been the farming type, but it seemed like a great time in my life to try something new and I'd grown up knowing about Buttercup Farms and even visited several times in my youth. I even spent a wonderful summer up here about six years ago. But now I am back and this time I am throwing myself fully into all that the farm has to offer, which is diverse to say the least.

Diverse and different. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and have spent my entire life, with the exception of a few hobbies and camping trips, nestled in city living, which I adore. But there comes a time when trying something (nearly) completely foreign can be cleansing and truly satisfying; thus my current living situation at Buttercup Farms.

The farm isn't a typical farm in many senses, but there is a strong community feeling here and the many non-profit endeavors Buttercup Farms is involved with provide a plethora of options to partake in.

In my short time here, I've worked with many of the other residents, turned a black thumb green in our organic garden and spent many days working on various projects around the farm. I've worked with the horses, dug ditches, helped to build a shade house and, thanks to our head gardener Gary, learned a great deal about organic gardening.

I traveled over 2,000 miles and got to see a great many national treasures including the Grand Canyon along the way, but its here in the foothills of Mount Diablo where my journey has taken me and I hope to share some of my unique experiences with my new neighbors.

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Eve Pearlman April 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Welcome to Patch, Jeff. I look forward to hearing more about life in NorCal on the farm! -Eve
Jeff Forbes April 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thanks!
Julie Mendelsohn April 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Best wildflower walk (in my opinion of course), is right by you in Mitchell Canyon. Enjoy!!!
Jeff Forbes April 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thanks Julie! I will have to check it out!

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