Field Trip: UC Davis Organic Student Farm

Have I mentioned how much I love social media? It’s opened so many doors for me, especially within the last year. For example, a month or so ago I was buying everything and anything at OSH’s spring plant sale. My obsession with my garden had hit a new high, I could not be stopped. When the plant buying frenzy finally ceased, I had some herbs that, well, I didn’t know what they were or what to do with them. To Twitter I went!

I have found between twitter and pinterest almost all of my problems and questions can be solved. Like I said, it’s amazing. I follow around 1,500 people on twitter. All kinds of people – from vegans environmentalists to loggers in Canada to meat scientists to plant science PhD’s. I learn a lot and get exposed to some points of views that I normally wouldn’t. It definitely gets me out of my comfort zone – a good thing!

The plant in front is borage! Dr. Ronald told me to plant it next to a tomato plant for pest control.

I asked my twitter followers who knew about a herb called borage. I’d purchased 3 or 4 of them, because they were 99 cents at the OSH sale! But I had no clue how or where to plant them. I totally scored when Dr. Pamela Ronald tweeted me back! Yeah, you should go ahead a check her out, go here and here. Yeah, she is badass. Guess what? She invited me down to meet her and her husband and see the UC Davis Student Organic Farm!!!! To an ag nerd like me, this was very exciting.

Dr. Ronald also told me the flowers of borage are edible! Perfect for summer salads. Yum!

As I’ve been trying to explain to some of my facebook friends that accuse me of being “pro chemy” or “in Monsanto’s pocket” – agriculture isn’t like that for me. I am a supporter of agriculture – organic, natural or conventional. I want to use the best practices on my ranch that has been in my family for 6 generations. I want that ranch there for another 6! I’m trying to have a dialogue with as many people as I can, to learn as much as I can.

My next field trip will be in July. I’m going to Monsanto’s test plot in Woodland. I’m excited to contrast the organic farm and Mosanto’s test plots – I’m willing to bet they are not that different.


The was about half of the farm… was really cool.

Daniel went with me. He got dandelion greens to take home!

I met Dr. Ronald!

This strawberry had catfacing from insects.

If you plant alyssum with your berries it is a natural pest control! I learned something!

I loved the cabbages! They are neat.


I would like to thank Dr. Ronald for taking time out of her very busy schedule to visit with us and teach us about the organic farm. It was wonderful to learn more about a different type of agriculture. Thank you!


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5 Responses to Field Trip: UC Davis Organic Student Farm

  1. Very cool – the people you “meet” and communicate through social media can be fantastic! Glad that it has opened so many doors for you to contribute and learn from others – I know I love to follow your posts!

    LOOK AT ALL OF THAT FENNEL! I. love. fennel.

    • I’m just learning about fennel! The first time I saw it was in Italy! I love your posts as well, isn’t it neat how we are far away, yet kinda the same! I love it!

  2. You know, I had no idea that alyssum would naturally repel insects! The first of your posts that I’ve ever read and I already learned something. Thanks! Can’t wait to read more.

    • I didn’t know either! I planted a whole bunch this weekend, I hope it helps! I’m so glad you learned something, I try and do that with every post. Make it worth my reader’s time!

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