“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature … the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” – Rachel Carson
Wild Culture Farm is a small stewardship based regenerative farm located on a gently sloping six acres on the Central Coast of California, in unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe.
We’re all indigenous to the earth, we belong to the world, not the world to us. We depend on and are interdependent with all species, and life on Earth itself is the foundation of our own life.
I am Farmer Jen. My heritage is decidedly mixed but I was raised with an awareness of my indigenous roots, which are Navajo. Navajo believe we must do everything we can to maintain harmony and balance on Mother Earth. In fact, “Navajo” is a Spanish adaptation of the Tewa Pueblo word navahu’u, meaning “farm fields in the valley.” As caretakers of these valley fields and watershed, we have sought out wisdom from mentors and elders. Our work includes practicing regenerative farming techniques and traditional ecological knowledge to both grow food and revitalize native habitat. We are continually seeking out reciprocal ways to tend, support, and restore these local ecosystems while growing nutrient dense food.
It’s essential to the future that we learn from the past and food has always been our sustenance, medicine, and culture. It weaves thru our human story. Farms and gardens can nourish and connect us. Choosing to eat what grows nearby, is raised on local pastures, or caught in our waters is truly a return to a recent past. The food we grow, source, eat, and enjoy has the power to help heal our health and our local communities by preserving or re-establishing roots, regardless of if we speak the language or follow old beliefs.
The land has become our sanctuary as we’ve observed how energy moves here and shared what we have learned and the abundance that it brings. We’ve come closer to living with the rhythms of the seasons; growing, crafting and harvesting what one needs. Each season we have felt our relationship with this land and all life grow; we have been lulled into nature’s rhythms which have shaped our momentum and given us the grounded, place based connection and lifestyle we sought.
This growing journey has been shared by many hands who have offered their ideas, time, energy, and resources. The reciprocity and feeling of abundance is all around us and is woven into the work we do every day to feed our community.
We thank you for your interest in this endeavor. We may be small but the seeds we sow spread and grow in a multitude of interconnected ways!