About Our Farm
Milleflora Farm is a small farm located in the hills outside of Cazadero, CA, in Sonoma County. We grow heirloom vegetables for flavor and biodiversity, medicinal herbs for their reliable and safe support of health and wellbeing, and specialty cut flowers because they are beautiful and attract a fantastic array of wildlife to our farm.
Demetra and Dan joined forces in 2018 and discovered they both shared a love of gardening and the bio-intensive farming practices promoted by John Jeavons of Ecology Action in Willits, CA. Together they decided to transform part of Dan’s pasture into a thriving garden.
How We Farm
We are proud of our farming practices! Our farming space is quite small, about 1/4 acre, but on it we grow over 100 different kinds of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We use a gentle rotary plow to create new beds, which we amend with compost and organic amendments. We space beds and plants closely to encourage deep root growth and reduce weed competition, keeping the soil moist and cool and reducing the need for irrigation. We irrigate using drip lines to conserve water, and add mulch to keep the soil covered while plants grow. Once beds are built we keep them planted at all times either with our main food-producing or flowering crops or with nutrient-dense cover crops.
We are a no-till farm, believing that the less we disturb the soil, the healthier the soil microbiome will be. We leave roots in the ground to decompose when we clear finished crops, enriching the soil. We manage pests by companion planting, using row cover and netting to protect plants, and encouraging natural predators- we have seen everything from red-tailed hawks to bobcats to gopher snakes helping out in the garden! Our farm work is done by hand because it is so pleasurable and rewarding to work closely with the plants.