"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

 

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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"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 Ranch Co officially began farming in early 2015 when the Fleming's acquired a wooden farmhouse built in 1810 and a 20 acre orchard that had originally been founded as the Lismore Ranch.

Since launching the Totem Ranch Company, the idea was to find a way to renew the orchard model despite the rapid onset of some discouraging news across the fields of citrus and in southern California's delicate ecosystem. .  As members of a biological community we focus our effort on biodynamic farming and ecologically in-tune agricultural production.

We are lucky enough to find ourselves in a thriving culture of agriculture, but  even though the area was a hotbed of  traditional ag we had a ton of hard work to renew the land and bring forth a new vision of citrus and agroforestry.

Our plan from day one was to maintain the agricultural productivity necessary to survive in the face of a changing environmental context. As 21st century farmers we would need to utilize new technologies paired with traditional practices  in order to revive the benefits  of farming that come from practices deemed to impractical and laborious for the modern world. 

The attributes of  the type of farming we wanted to endeavor upon would grow the productivity of our orchards with fewer chemical inputs but also strengthen interwoven native landscape and surrounding ecosystems. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totem Ranch Co is now combined 62 acres that's farmed with the intention of bringing bio-dynamics and certified organic citrus to market but we are also involved with animal livestock, diverse horticultural cultivation, natural wildlife habitat and riparian corridor restoration. We are a garden-farm that comprehensively enables an overtone of diverse permaculture plants in the support of residents and participants of the ranch but also the overarching ecosystem and its underlying soil conditions. We focus on biodynamic as well as organic methods in order to reduce as many harmful elements to our air, ground, water, animals, and fellow humans.  We want to supplement the input of conventional farms because the cost of poisoning our natural resources was unjustifiable. 

Regenerative farming was ringing in our ears,  so we brought all the leftover chemicals to the toxic waste sites, and started looking for horse manure and wood chips to supply our trees with fresh organic material. 

As farmers in this brave new century we are  adapting to a new nature that is more fragile than ever before, our goals exist in the context of the delicate cradle we call the Ojai valley.  Like so many places, it has carved itself into the rock and put rich fertile soil in its wake, we benefit from awesome soil and a 'relatively' pristine aquifer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our crops are perennial trees mostly of the genus citrus however we are also home to increasing diversity and a vegetable garden befitting a farm for the first time in 2021!

Our goal, 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

 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 selection to diversified year round production, along with small scale farm to table events to highlight local food and chefs.  
We are excited about the possibility of hosting more educational workshops on citrus farming and other topics surrounding regenerative agriculture 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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