"Totem" a natural object or animal that is believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and that is adopted by it as an emblem

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The farm officially started operations in October of 2015 when Reynolds arrived to an old wooden farm house surrounded by orange trees and a farm infrastructure in need of restoration and reinvention.

Since that time the ranch has undergone many changes but we maintain the tenants of focused and conscious environmental stewardship; with an emphasis on ecologically oriented agricultural production.

Our plan from day one was to maintain the agricultural productivity necessary to fuel a more ecologically driven course and to learn from the cultural preeminence of the geographical horticultural traditions in order to build a bio dynamic orchard that was viable both economically and in the face of a changing environmental context. 

The attributes of  the type of farming we wanted to endeavor upon would  support the citrus orchard with fewer chemical inputs but also strengthen interwoven native landscape and surrounding wild which embraces our groves. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totem Ranch Co is a combined 62 acres that's farmed as biodynamics and certified organic citrus and also includes, animal livestock, diverse horticultural cultivation, aswell as natural wildlife habitat and riparian corridors. We are a garden-farm that comprehensively enables an overtone of diverse permaculture plants in the support the residents and participants of the ranch but also the overarching health of underlying soil conditions. We focus on biodynamic as well as organic methods in order to reduce as many harmful elements to our air and ground, because the ultimate cost of poisoning our natural resources was not an expense we could afford nor wanted to endeavor upon.

As farmers in the 21st century we are  adapting to a new nature that is more fragile than ever before,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2017 we have also housed the All Good Things Seed Co, operated by Quin Shakra and we are happy to have found a seed alliance for our cover crops aswell as for vegetable, herb, and flower varieties that we need regularly

 

Our goal, is to encourage the synergistic growing of food by doing true ecological farming; allowing for food production without soil depletion. With that goal has come the transition to new farming methods and system changes that lead us to  the methods  of biodynamics

 Valencia oranges, Navel oranges, Pixie tangerines, Lisbon lemons, and Cara Cara oranges grown organically and biodynamically and are the mainstay of our farm activities.

Our continued vision o is to move toward cleaner energy sources, more local, more renewable inputs, and increased bio-integrity and diversity.  We hope to shift the model of food production to one with embodied with integrity and ecological nuance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making habitat for animals has become a mainstay of our activity

 

 

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The farm officially started operations in October of 2015 when Reynolds arrived to an old wooden farm house surrounded by orange trees and a farm infrastructure in need of restoration and reinvention.

Since that time the ranch has undergone many changes but we maintain the tenants of focused and conscious environmental stewardship; with an emphasis on ecologically oriented agricultural production.

Our plan from day one was to maintain the agricultural productivity necessary to fuel a more ecologically driven course and to learn from the cultural preeminence of the geographical horticultural traditions in order to build a bio dynamic orchard that was viable both economically and in the face of a changing environmental context. 

The attributes of  the type of farming we wanted to endeavor upon would  support the citrus orchard with fewer chemical inputs but also strengthen interwoven native landscape and surrounding wild which embraces our groves. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totem Ranch Co is a combined 62 acres that's farmed as biodynamics and certified organic citrus and also includes, animal livestock, diverse horticultural cultivation, aswell as natural wildlife habitat and riparian corridors. We are a garden-farm that comprehensively enables an overtone of diverse permaculture plants in the support the residents and participants of the ranch but also the overarching health of underlying soil conditions. We focus on biodynamic as well as organic methods in order to reduce as many harmful elements to our air and ground, because the ultimate cost of poisoning our natural resources was not an expense we could afford nor wanted to endeavor upon.

As farmers in the 21st century we are  adapting to a new nature that is more fragile than ever before,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2017 we have also housed the All Good Things Seed Co, operated by Quin Shakra and we are happy to have found a seed alliance for our cover crops aswell as for vegetable, herb, and flower varieties that we need regularly

 

Our goal, is to encourage the synergistic growing of food by doing true ecological farming; allowing for food production without soil depletion. With that goal has come the transition to new farming methods and system changes that lead us to  the methods  of biodynamics

 Valencia oranges, Navel oranges, Pixie tangerines, Lisbon lemons, and Cara Cara oranges grown organically and biodynamically and are the mainstay of our farm activities.

Our continued vision o is to move toward cleaner energy sources, more local, more renewable inputs, and increased bio-integrity and diversity.  We hope to shift the model of food production to one with embodied with integrity and ecological nuance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making habitat for animals has become a mainstay of our activity

 

 

Recent Stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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pigdabbs copy.jpg
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Biodynamic web map.jpg

"Totem" a natural object or animal that is believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and that is adopted by it as an emblem

totem ranch3_edited.jpg

 

Totem Ranch Co officially began farming in early 2015 when the Flemings moved into the Lismore ranch house built in 1810.

Since launching the Totem Ranch Company, it has become a continuation of the agriculture spirit alive and well in Ojai, and it remains production focused citrus orchard in keeping with its historical roots and earliest plantings. 

We  focus our effort on biodynamic farming and ecologically in-tune agricultural production with an overtone of agroforestry and holistic land management principles which guide our choices and production models.

Our vision is grow with the land and bring forth new approaches of organic citrus and agroforestry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totem Ranch is planted as with diverse orchards , our primary crops being orange trees, lemons, tangerines and avocados interplanted with many other varieties of fruiting and non-edible trees . As part of our commitment to Organic and Biodynamic were are involved with animal livestock, diverse horticultural cultivation, natural wildlife habitat and riparian corridor restoration. Our farm's harmony thrives on organic methods, we make every effort to avoid harmful pesticides or inputs. By reducing wasteful practices or input heavy regimes we not only break cycles of costly chemical inputs, but let the regenerative capacity of the land thrive and unleash its potential. We are a garden-farm that comprehensively enables an overtone of diverse permaculture plants in the support the fertility needs of our crops while not unhinging the underlying soil conditions.   While water shortage and consumption issue in Southern California and all over the west have become increasingly prescient, so we have doubled our  efforts to build soil carbon, thereby increasing water use efficiency,  We have also been constantly seeking to reduce our water inefficiencies, with near constant irrigation improvements and adaptable and diverse solutions for varied landscapes found on the ranch.

As  young farmers in a young century we are  adapting to a natural world that is more fragile than ever before, our goals exist in the context of the delicate cradle we call the Ojai valley. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With our perennial fruit tree and subtropical orchards or goal it too encourage the synergistic growing of food by doing true ecological farming; allowing for food production within a highly productive and complex soil and food web. With that goal has come the transition to new farming methods and system changes that lead us to  the methods of biodynamics

 Growing Valencia oranges(Citrus sinensis)_, Navel oranges, Pixie tangerines, Lisbon lemons, Cara Cara oranges , and Ruby Red's are the mainstay of our farm activities.

Our continued vision  is to move toward cleaner energy sources, more local, more renewable inputs, and increased bio-integrity and diversity.  We hope to grow our market garden selection even further and make more diverse local fresh produce available to our community in the months and years ahead. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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