The dream of starting a small farm began when Nicole and her husband, Eduardo, purchased a small 2 acre plot of land and 100 year old home, in 2017. With corrals and a chicken coop already in place, they knew they'd want to start raising some livestock as soon as possible! In the fall of 2017, Nicole started planning their first kitchen garden. Turning an unused side yard into a full-fledged vegetable, herb and flower garden was no easy task, but so rewarding; and Nicole realized how much she loved working with the soil, the plants and the seasons.
As time went by, new animals were added to the farm, food was grown and enjoyed, some crops failed, gophers got the best of many things in the garden, lambs were born, chicks were hatched, piggies joined us, and dreams of what this place could offer our community began to drift around in the heads of Nicole and Eduardo.
In the fall of 2018, Nicole started discussing ideas of starting a small CSA program and market garden with her sister, Kala. Although this part of California is an agricultural hot-spot, so much of it is done on a massive scale. They believed that starting a smaller scale, ecologically responsible farm would be of great interest to their community, friends and family!
Our Farm Philosophy
The name Nourish Farm was inspired by the idea that we are nourishing our land (regenerative farming); nourishing our community (offering fresh, seasonal produce); and nourishing our souls (farming is hard work but therapeutic).
Nourish Farm is located in Turlock, California. We currently raise sheep, chickens, and pigs. We utilize our livestock for their meat and eggs, pasture management, regenerating our land and for their composting abilities! We have two garden locations on our property, one that has been in use since 2017 and one that will be starting it's first season in Spring 2019!
Our farming philosophy is pretty simple, we run things at the farm as similar to their natural process as possible. This means, instead of tilling the soil, we just continue to add compost and organic matter to it. There are many benefits to no-till farming, including better water retention; healthier soil because it is undisturbed; healthier plants because of healthier soil; less weeds; larger earthworm and beneficial fungi population; less work on our part!
We are not certified organic, but our practices reflect organic principles. We do not use pesticides or herbicides, we only use heirloom, non-GMO seeds for our plants, we create our compost for the gardens from our pasture fed animals' manure and other organic materials, and we don't add synthetic fertilizers to our crops.
If you have any questions about our practices or would like to visit our farm, please contact us! We're always open to having visitors and sharing how we do things here at Nourish Farm.
Meet the Farmers
Nicole was born and raised in Turlock and settled here with her husband in 2015, when they got married. They welcomed a son in August 2016 and moved to the farm in 2017.
She started Sunkissed Botanics, a natural skin care line in 2015. After doing a lot of research, book reading and product testing, she began to add herbal infused healing products to her line.
When they moved onto the farm, her dream of starting a big garden to grow herbs and flowers for her products became a reality! Now, many of the products she makes include homegrown ingredients like calendula, chamomile, plantain, rosemary, lavender, roses and more!
Kala, Nicole's younger sister, is also a Turlock native. She has 3 beautiful children and a creative talent that makes her a perfect candidate to be our flower and bouquet specialist. She also creates gorgeous macrame and woven wall hangings and loves getting her hands dirty working with plants, trees and the soil. She has a special place in her heart for all our animals.
Our Farm Animals
Here at Nourish Farm, we raise chickens for eggs and composting, sheep for meat, milk, and soil regeneration and pigs for meat and working the land. We believe that animals are a vital part of a farming operation. They have so many uses, and having them around is a lot of fun too!
Our sheep graze on our pastures daily and pretty much live the dream out in the field. We have a few different mixes of sheep breeds: Katahdin and Barbados for their meat quality and heat resistance, Dorper for their great meat quality, and East Fresian for their milk and wool! We have welcomed many lambs on our farm and the sheep have always been great mothers. We try our best to not disturb their natural lambing process and daily activities and this seems to be what's best for them. They don't receive any vaccinations or other shots. The lactating mothers are fed an organic grain mix for the first month or two after they lamb to help with their milk supply.
Our chickens are fed organic feed and have access to our full corral where they can scratch for bugs, eat green grass, and munch on our kitchen, garden and yard scraps.
Our Kune Kune pigs get a part of our pasture land all to themselves. They love digging in the dirt and eating fresh, green grass all day. We also supplement them with our kitchen and garden scraps.