Aaron Dinwoodie has been farming for 14 years, getting his start on a ranch in coastal California just south of Half Moon Bay. There he learned how to raise dairy goats and laying hens, prune, graft and propagate fruit trees, and cultivate a wide variety of annual and perennial vegetables and herbs in both garden and field settings.
He learned how to make good compost, which was the foundation for his productive, no-till, terraced garden. In the field, he worked the soil with a tractor and set up drip irrigation for most crops. He was no stranger to dry farming and successfully grew tomatoes, potatoes, beans and grains with this method.
Seed saving became a passion of his, which he sees as integral to any farm's sustainability. He currently participates in seed saving projects as part of a burgeoning bioregional seed producer's organization.
His marketing strategy comprised a farmers market, restaurants, a CSA and a herdshare. He managed a number of farm internships over the years and taught classes on gardening, pruning, composting, plant propagation and food preservation, including pickling, fermenting and cheese making.
As co-founder of Feral Heart Farm, now in its fifth season, he has brought these skills and passion with him. He participates in all aspects of the farm from seeding to planting to weeding to harvesting, to marketing to restaurants and the farmers market, as well as administrative work. He loves to help make the land laugh and sing fruits, roots, flowers and leaves and create a productive and healing environment for all creatures great and small.