We always dreamed of creating a food producing landscape that we could watch grow into maturity. This dream seemed ever improbable where we were living in Fullerton, Orange County, California, even at a small scale. After a ten-year dream and a two-year search for arable, buildable land in Southern California we found the place that we now call home – 20 rugged and beautiful acres in Aguanga, California.
Meet The Farmers
Jonathan Duffy Davis is owner and farmer at Tule Peak Farm where he manages the market garden and the fruit orchard. Jonathan grew up in Toronto with a tiny backyard that grew food nonetheless. A large apple tree, strawberries, and summer tomato plants sparked an interest in growing. After studying biology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and a Masters in Ethnobotany from Cal. State Fullerton he practiced edible horticulture for seven years, managing orchards and vegetable beds and teaching cooking classes at Fullerton Arboretum in Orange County, California before “landing” as a farmer at Tule Peak.
Lauren Marie Simpson is owner of Tule Peak Farm and the keeper of all-things-animal at the Farm. Lauren maintains the honeybee colonies and manages the farm's flock of hens. Lauren studied biology at UC Irvine where she discovered her love of entomology – the study of insects. She not only manages animal operations at Tule Peak but also conducts entomological research for private companies on-site.
Mae The-Cattledog lives to play fetch. Mae used to fetch balls that were thrown quite close to our vegetable plants. After one "enthusiastic" pursuit of a ball through the garden she now plays fetch far away from the farm's vegetable beds. Mae earns her keep by chasing coyotes off of the property and by discouraging the ever-present rabbits.