The Home Growers Circle: Real people with a passion to grow real food

Ethel & Bill Robert Charmaine & Brian Brandon Nancy Lewis & Tara Malika & Donny Andy & Susanna Craig & Gary Warren & Lovejoy

Craig & Gary / Winnetka

We believe good food on your table starts with fresh food from the garden.

Winnetka Farms is a 1/2-acre productive urban micro-farm. All the designs have been around the concepts of what it can provide in an edible fashion. We have a small orchard in the front yard including 5 different varieties of citrus, 3 different varieties of avocados and two different pomegranates. In the back yard we have more citrus, almond trees, low chill apples, figs, persimmon, pineapple guava and passion fruit. The property also contains a fruiting olive and mulberry. With plans to put in a stone fruit orchard including peaches and cherries next year.

Winnetka, California has a long and important agricultural history starting in the 1920’s with Charles Weeks. The Los Angeles Chamber Commerce asked Mr. Weeks to come here and establish the “Weeks Chicken colony”, a community of self sustaining 1 acre farms based on his successful community in Palo Alto, CA. So it is quite appropriate that the modern Winnetka Farms is the fulfillment of a man’s dream from over 80 years ago.

Winnetka Farms predominately grows Italian heirloom vegetables. But we also grow other unique varieties from elsewhere in the world too. We use non-hybrid, heirloom seed varieties from reputable seed companies. We import both Franchi Seeds as well as Emanuele La Rosa seeds direct from Italy and offer them for sale directly via the internet. We also have a flock of Barnevelder chickens for eggs and breeding purposes and soon will be offering hatching eggs and chicks to the Southern California area, as well as Coturnix Quail (AKA: Japanese Quail) for eggs. We also offer one on one consulting, lectures and speak on a varieties of topics as well as offer classes on many gardening and culinary topics at our micro-farm in Winnetka.








Ways to support
urban farming
in Los Angeles

Community partners have stepped forward with ways you can support local growers:

We know how much everyone in this city loves the movies. Have you seen this one? The Garden is an Academy Award nominated documentary that tells the story of urban farmers who struggle against land developers to keep their community farm in South Central Los Angeles alive. This film offers a revealing look at the challenges of urban farming in a megacity once known for its agricultural output. The director of the film, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, is a Silver Lake resident and he has offered to not only sell DVDs of the film at a 10% discount, but also grant 10% of proceeds to support the certification fees of future participants of the Home Growers Circle. Buy a DVD and help us build support for an eleventh urban microfarmer. Maybe we'll have to ask one of the microfarmers to raise some corn so that we can make some home-grown movie popcorn. Click here to order a DVD and support the Home Growers Circle. Remember to use promotional code FORAGE.