About our farm
Moon Phase Farmers started growing in December 2017 at
Branch Mill Organic Farm & Retreat Center in
Arroyo Grande, California central coast.
We grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, honeybees and ducks.
How we Farm
We are farming using all OMRI-certified organic materials using
a variety of techniques known as the French Bio-Intensive Method,
Biodynamic, Low-Till, with Integrated Pest Management,
where we grow habitat for beneficial insects and other
insectivores who eat our pests. We use mostly hand tools for
our cultivation, weeding, seeding and harvests.
After studying urbanization in China for a Global Studies (Sustainability) bachelor’s
degree at Azusa Pacific University, Angie interned with The Abundant Table Farm
in Santa Paula California, where they grew CSA produce for 50 shares on
2 acres. She managed volunteers, coordinated events and developed
workshops at Jardin de Raices Comunitarias aka Community Roots Garden
in Oxnard for 3 years on a meager budget. Growing up to 80 diverse crops
at once on a 1 acre urban using a walk-behind tractor and hand tools,
Angie and volunteers donated freshly harvested produce to nearby shelters,
hosted students of all ages and fed innumerable community groups. Angie also
worked as an outdoor educator teaching 3rd graders about the soil food web on
farms around Ventura County with nonprofit educational program SEEAg. Angie
recently graduated from a Cal Poly intensive course in Agribusiness Management
and is an accomplished beekeeper, musician, and Reiki practitioner.
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After serving 6 years in the United States Air Force maintaining avionics systems on aircraft, Robert 'beto Barnett returned to his home community in Ventura to study agricultural engineering, industrial design and manufacturing. He
co-founded and designed the curriculum of a competitive entrepreneurial program and business incubator Aspire³, which annually teaches over 1200 K- 12 and CSU Channel Islands students how to write business plans for mission-oriented products. 'beto is a Permaculture Designer and for 4 years helped build urban gardens, taught workshops, and prepared meals for garden volunteers & veterans groups. He also leads community workshops in organizational governance and co-operative enterprise formation. As an activist, 'beto was a 3 year board member of BikeVentura, a nonprofit community bike kitchen, and frequent volunteer with Food Forward, leading volunteer groups in urban food recovery from backyards and farmers markets. 'beto has graduated from a Veteran Farmers of American alpaca husbandry internship and an intensive program at Cal Poly for Agribusiness Management. He is an endurance cyclist, skilled chef, and performance artist. Reach 'beto at