In the Fall of 2007, after a 5 year search, we made our first visit to a 100 acre property overlooking the small community of Laurelwood. The old farm property had been badly neglected, but had tons of potential. The derelict walnut orchard was perched on a jutting upland in a thermal belt with excellent air drainage. The 500-600’ elevations were right, and there was a good amount of Southwest-facing, level land. It also had the volcanic soil we had been seeking with perfect drainage and proven water-holding capacity for dry-farming (the beautiful 270 degree view was a nice bonus too!) There were several other portions of the property available for future expansion, including another ridge to the west. We had found our place.
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