GHOST PEPPER HOT LIKE LAVA. GHOST PEPPER THE OTHER WHITE MEAT. GHOST PEPPER ; IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER.

August 11, 2012 by

Fresh, daily-picked, organic  peppers at Vital Zuman.  Hungarian sweet peppers, jalepenos, bells, pablanos, and many more.  Fresh-picked natural Summer peppers have an electric, electrolitic compulsion for those whowork with fresh foods. They’re very healthy, giving a quick potasium fix and subtle energetic payback. Good for the nerves, skin,and brain especially.  Get your peppers daily at the Vital Zuman Farm Market for best nutrition.

This year we’ve added Ghost Peppers to our main field.  We begin harvesting them the beginning of September. Not for everyone, these are EXTREMELY HOT PEPPERS, appropriate really only for studied foodies (you know who you are) who know what they’re doing.   Special Foodie Note ; look forward to our Dill Pickled Ghost Peppers later this year.

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KNIGHTS OF THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON, BUSY FARM MARKET, EGREGOR, JERUSALEM, ECHOES IN ETERNITY . . . A FARM IS A PLACE OF PEACE.

August 9, 2012 by

Busy Summer season, every day a blur of constant activity . . . harvesting tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, mulberries, greens, honey, making and placing signs, stocking and setting up the market, entertaining guests, students, and customers, laying amendments.  And water !   Water, water, and more water !  Water from the 300 ft. well.  Water for the vegetable patches, water for the trees and herbs, water for the bees, bunnies, coyotes, racoons, and cats, water for the workers and volunteers, water all around. 

It’s times like these it serves us to reflect that authentic hands on agriculture–the alignment of Heavan, Human Beings, and Earth– is primarily an undertaking of peace ;  peace in the moment, peace in the midst of activity, peace both in meditation and waking . . . peace all around. 

Echoes and rhymes in eternity link past and future in a blessed now.  Jerusalem !  More than just a geographical location :  “To storm Jerusalem, the Holy City of Peace, between the eyebrows of the ‘Son of  Man'”, a notable saying a thousand years ago.  Jerusalem, equally sacred to Christians, Muslims, and Jews.  Jerusalem, a most ancient name, meaning “Reign of Peace”, and by assumption, “Rain of Peace”, was one of the original titles painted on the front wall of Vital Zuman Farm in 2000, as an expression of  the Peaceful Alignment of Authentic, Heritage, Family Farming.

Here’s a  true story from the earlier years of Vital Zuman ; the construction of the VitalZuman Farm Market and Main Gate :

In December of 2001 we started construction of the two large wooden gates that would open and close the market daily.  These gates we’re very heavily built, each weighing well over three hundred pounds. This construction took a number of days, alternating workers and intensity.  I realized one day, without expectation, that the gates were going to be raised on Christmas Day.

Late  Christmas afternoon we had the gates completed and, as a four man team, we moved the first one into position on the hinges. To our surprise and embarrassment, we found it took all the strength, balance, and focus of all four men just to set the first one on the hinges, just so, to be properly aligned and in place.  How are we going to slip in the hinge bolts ?  As we’re all looking at each other in puzzlement, a young woman drives up the driveway, steps out of her car and literally says the following : “I just got in from Jerusalem, noticed the farm, and wanted to stop by.”   Seeing our predicament, she stepped forward and slipped the bolts into the hinges, first the right gate and then the left, as we all strained to keep the gates in place. 

This is how the Vital Zuman Main Gates were set, without forethought, Christmas Day, 2001, the first Christmas of the new Millennium. 

Come visit the farm.  We are open nearly every day of the year.  Currently the hours open are 8am to 6pm.  We usually run ten to fourteen days, all day,  before we’re tired enough to be closed a day.  We have fresh-harvested, organic  food items you can only access here.  And more importantly, A PLACE OF PEACE.

OM, HOME, SHALOM, SALAAM, PEACE, AMEN

MALIBU GRANGE FOUNDING MEMBERS, MAY 2012

May 24, 2012 by

Sonja Magdevski

Emilio Estevez

Alan G. Cunningham

Sandra L. Peltola

Nicki Jack

Cris Beaty

Mary Walston

Kristal Moffett

Christian White

Yuri  White

Raymond Lee Peltola

Winnie Woo

Victor Stephan Kamont

Matthew Gibbons

Stephan Vodantis

Bruce Schultz

Bibi Jordan

Connee Russo

Prince  S. K.  De Rola

Tressa Klossovski

Kazimir Klossovski

Victoria Scott

Todd McKeown

Stefan Hagopian

Cristopher Peltola

Martha Quinn-Tarlow

Cathy Levine

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11TH, 2012. “APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS” . . . AND ZUCHINI, TOMATOES, BASIL, DILL, DELICATA AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH, LEMON CUCUMBERS, MULBERRIES, AND WELL, YOU NAME IT.

April 11, 2012 by

High winds and rains . . . STILL !  But it’s Spring and the seeds and starters must go in !  These last few days we’ve planted hundreds of tomato plants, pounds of basil and dill seed, purple okra, and much more !  And just now as I am writing this post  farm trustees, amid high wind bursts and scattered showers,  are planting hundreds of delicata and butternut squash seeds on the east border of the farm. 

DON’T MISS OUT !  Contact the City of Malibu for our on-going ORGANIC FARMING CLASSES  and be part of what is. Register on line at : malibucity.org .  Click on “Parks and Recreation” and look us up.  Organic Farm Classes with full organic farm participation ?  Only here, only now, only in Malibu.

Alan G. cunningham 

VZOF,Malibu

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAMILY FARM CONSERVANCY, INC AT VITAL ZUMAN ORGANIC FARM, MALIBU.

April 2, 2012 by

You would like to support local,  family farms carrying the authenticity of real, hands-on, instructive, organic agriculture to our culture and community.  Nothing could be more important in this dayof  GMO’s, large acreage monocrop “organic”  food production, and the alarming lack of public-verifiable, organic food crops.

Do partner with Vital Zuman Organic Farm and the Southern California Family Farm Conservancy to this end.  Your donation will be put to good use : organic farming classes, farm to school outreach, internships, instructive volunteer programs, inner city fieldtrips, maintanance of farm equipment, and direct support of other small family farms in Southern California.

To be a Southern California family Farm Conservancy partner,  simply email Vital Zuman Farm at vitalzuman@earthlink.net with your name, your personal, valued input and supportive comments, the amount you’d like to donate, and  credit card number.  Along with your receipt you will receive automatic farm membership and free attendance at farm expositional events throughout the seasons.

We thank you in advance for partnering with us in this important mission.

Best,

Southern California Family Farm Conservancy

Vital Zuman Organic Farm, Malibu

310 924-2210

A BIG THANK YOU TO THE FAMILY LOUKS. LETTUCE JOIN TOGETHER IN FARMING MALIBU.

April 1, 2012 by

Locals from all over Malibu bring their surplus backyard produce to Vital Zuman Farm for trade or consignment. The Louks family from Point Dume have brought mixed varieties of lettuce to donate to the farm. Most of it will be sold at the farm stand and some will go into the weekly farm box program, salad bags. Thank you to the Louks family and their support of the farm.

It’s really, really good Malibu, backyard, super-fiber-and-mineral-rich-organic lettuce too. Blue cheese dressing, black pepper, chopped green garlic.  Forget it !  Leave me alone ; I’m busy !  “Chomp, Chomp”

GROWING PAINS AND . . . . WHAT’S UP WITH THE FARM MARKET’S OPEN DAYS AND HOURS ANYWAY ZUMAN FIG MAN ?

March 30, 2012 by

The Farm has reached a point in the last year or so that most of our customers are getting their authentic, Vital Zuman, fresh-harvested produce  bulk.  Bulk for themselves,  bulk in the form of  farm box subscriptions for their schools,  restaurants, etc.  What we have, you can only get here ; you won’t find it in a store or anywhere else. So look it up folks !  Some are wising up and placing orders ahead of time.  We still maintain a traditon of being open some hours daily most days of the year, yet if you want to be assurred of getting what you want it’s best to call me at 310 924-2210 and pre-arrainge your harvest and pick up or local delivery.

Bulk harvesting for bulk orders does take up most of our time now to the point that we don’t have the same availability to casual visitors that we once had. This could  yet change with more hands-on community support. If you’re coming a ways to come to the farm do call ahead to check in on our service availability.  Should you arrive here to find the farm closed, of course do not enter the property, but you may call at 310 924-2210 for assistance. If we’re not swamped we’ll be happy to help you.

“DO WE GROW MARIJUANA AT VITAL ZUMAN” ? Whewwww ! ! ! HAVE YOU JUST VISITED THE WRONG FARM AND ENGAGED THE WRONG PERSON ON THE WRONG SUBJECT !

March 30, 2012 by

Don’t even waste my time !  Not only do we NOT grow marijuana on this farm or anywhere else, we never have, have never considered it, never will, and don’t know anyone who does.  Nor does anyone here smoke marijuana, or drink, or use drugs! 

CANNABIS GROWERS CANNOT HOLD A CANDLE TO AN AUTHENTIC, HERITAGE, ORGANIC, COMMUNITY-INTEGRATED FARM ; NOT IN MISSION, IMPORT, VIABILITY, OR AUTHENTIC SERVICE.  Nor are they anything like authentic food growers in posture or community benefit.  Ask me that question in MY Farm Market ? You’ve just written CHUMP accross your forehead for all to see.

I”m a Malibu Boy, born and raised on this Farm, put together patiently by myself, family members, interns, WWOOFers, and day-volunteers, over a period of six decades. I went to all the local schools : Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Malibu Park Jr. Highschool (now Malibu Highschool), Santa Monica Highschool, and U.C.L.A. ;  pretty  much in that order.  This farm faithfully represents a HERITAGE, MALIBU TRADITION OF AGRICULTURAL EXCELLENCE AND SERVICE.

Let us know if we can be of service to you today  :   How ’bout a salad bag, a bunch of brocolini, or a pint of raw honey ? Volunteer ?  Bring your elementary or middle school here for a fieldtrip again this year?  Sign up for our Organic Farming Class through the City of Malibu ?  You get the picture.  Know who you’re talking to !

Alan G. Cunningham

Vital Zuman, Vital Zuman Organic Farm

HIGH WINDS WILL CLOSE THE FARM MARKET BUT YOU CAN STILL GET YOUR FOOD !

March 18, 2012 by

We are experiencing hurricane velocity winds (sic), wind bursts of over 100 mph, and much more frequently this year than the past few, but I’ve seen it much worse.  This year a 300 lb.plus,  glass door refridgerator has been move-upright on its base- six feet along the market floorseveral times.  In 2002 the market’s entire combined steel gazebo apparatus, 16′ x 40′, each of the 12 footings weighted down with over 60 lbs. of concrete each, was picked up over ten feet in the air by the winds and thrown over the top of the Farm’s main gate ! Fortunately the market, with its moveable pieces, representing the coming and going of the seasons, is repaired without a great deal of work.

The Winds of Malibu ; anytime late Fall through Winter and early Spring, are truely awe inspiring. Having been here and delt with this reality for many years we’ve adopted an almost joyous relationship the wind. They will have their say ; throughout the area they will rip shingles from roofs, destroy highway signs, and topple even extremely large eucalyptus trees. But over all  they add positive energy to the fields and orchards, stripping the browning leaves of Fall and Winter.

To get your fresh-harvested, VitalZuman food during this windy season call 310 924-2210 for delivery or quick pickup.

CITY OF MALIBU / VITAL ZUMAN ORGANIC FARMING CLASSES BEGIN HERE SATURDAY, 3-31-12.

March 15, 2012 by

SPRING IS HERE! JOIN US FOR 8 WEEKS OF ORGANIC FARMING, YOUR OWN PLANTING AREA TO SEED, MAINTAIN AND HARVEST!  WOW-RIGHT HERE AT THE FARM IN MALIBU, CA. SEE ATTACHED FLYER TO SIGN UP.  Organic Farming Classes Begin 3-31-12 at 29127 PCH, Malibu, CA 2:00pm