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About lovecreekfarm

2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.

Little Steps feel like Big Progress

The greenhouse stairway has been in our thoughts for awhile as we dream and imagine the potential for the space. Last weekend, we started digging out the dirt and placing the old telephone poles and beams as steps. These poles … Continue reading

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Horse Stall Barn Door

Another project to upgrade the space is rebuilding the door that opens to the new trail. The old stall door was stuck closed due to piles of dirt, and it was ugly and rotten on the bottom. Coming out of … Continue reading

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Horse Corral Retaining Wall

After we started leveling the pad for the barn, it was apparent that we needed to redo and remove the wire and t-post fence. I decided to hire our farmhand Will today to help with the labor. He removed the … Continue reading

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Trail making

We are lucky to have the skill and expertise of trail-maker, Steve Liebenberg who spent the day yesterday making 4′ wide paths. The new loops extend throughout the hillside, around oaks, equal to 1/4 mile. The plan is to ride … Continue reading

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Whimcycle Bike Art

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Horse Play

Today, we finished all the deer fencing wire around the property. We immediately decided to let the horses out. When we opened the door, Snickers stuck out his head and decided to eat leaves. After about 5 minutes, Shasta pushed … Continue reading

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Chainsawing Oak – More Sun!

Yesterday we added T-Posts around the property to move back the deer fence. In one spot, we had an oak tree leaning into a huge Live Oak. We asked our farm hand, Will, to cut it down. A few days … Continue reading

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Redwood Fence Boards – Perimeter Fence

Our 1x6x9′ redwood fence boards turned out really well. I bought 60 boards from our milling friends. The debate was what to use to preserve the wood. I mixed 2:1 with linseed oil and paint thinner to spray with a … Continue reading

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Hillside Clearing

We’ve been working weekend by weekend to cut trees, move brush into piles, and rake the matted ground down to dirt. We are very motivated to clear the hillside for fire control and to put in a horse trail. The … Continue reading

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Hillside Clearing

We have almost all the trees cut down on the hillside. Just three more to go. We have too much brush to handle ourselves, so time to get some help. We are also raking all the leaf duff to get … Continue reading

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