John Short, College of the Redwoods Educational Farm

How lucky to have the opportunity to interview John Short, the relatively new Farm Manager for the College of the Redwoods Educational Farm in Shively.  If you haven’t heard me wax on about how I love the farm down in Shively, well…you haven’t spent near enough time with me.  As soon as I can convince the administration to put a couple of yurts on the property, that is where you will find me — at least in the spring, summer and fall.  As we know — rains in Humboldt can cause flooding and that is a location I would not want to be during a the winter.  But hey — 3 seasons gives me plenty of time to settle into my yurt.

The Shively property is 38 lovely acres — a nice orchard for your apples including some nice heirloom Etters varieties.  The greenhouse is a great place to escape on a cold spring day — heating up in spite of outdoor temps.  There are plenty of animals — sheep, goats, chickens…and maybe more — some of the best turkey I’ve eaten in my life came from the farm, and if they raised turkeys I would be first on the list.

If you want to get a taste of farm life without too large of a time or monetary commitment, sign up for the 1 unit class.  Load up on the CR van once a week and head to Shively to wrangle animals, plant or harvest crops, pick apples, put up fences — and generally anything a farm needs to do.  CR Farm Shively 

Listen here for the interview with John Short!


Noah Corp, College of the Redwoods Bianchi Educational Farm

College of the Redwoods Bianchi Educational Farm — whew, it’s a mouthful!  But WHAT a farm!  An idyllic haven from the city, Shively California can only be reached by a windy, somewhat scary country road.  Around each turn you might come face to face with a logging truck or a herd of seemingly wild goats, so take it slow — but definitely head out for a visit.  Once a year the farm hosts an open house, complete with a taste of farm grown produce.

turkey turkey 2 tractor sausage plant tree fence

Do I sound biased?  if not, I should.  I have taken several classes out at the farm — it’s where I injected my first goat, eviscerated my first turkey, built my first electric fence, pressed my first apples — ok, you get it, I had a lot of firsts out there.  It is a shining gem of an organic educational farm, donated to CR for the purpose of teaching people how to raise animals and raise crops. So much to talk about there are two interviews to listen to.  Hope to see you out at the farm sometime, and if not there — check out the Farmers Market at the College of the Redwoods campus twice weekly (TBD at time of posting)

College of the Redwoods Farm

Part 1 Listen Here

Part 2 Listen Here