Our name Basaltic Farms comes from the basaltic rock lava flows originating from Lava Beds National Park in Northern California. The lava flowed down into the surrounding valleys spreading over a large area, nearly reaching the central valley a distance of about 100 miles. Over millions of years, pockets of land formed into fertile sandy loam soils perfect for Garlic growing.
In Lassen county, many farmers have enjoyed growing in the fertile soil producing many types of crops over the last 130 years. We came to the area due to a wildfire that destroyed our lives, as survivors, we have rebuilt and chosen fire-safe lands. It is a hassle to watch everything disappear overnight. In the background, Zack is in his bee suit, taking care of his new replacement bees lost in the fire. He is oh so happy!
While waiting for the insurance company to do their job, we had the opportunity to seek out a new way of doing business. We already had a lot of farming experience on a smaller scale, and our new land will provide us a way to grow. We are very excited to become 100% organic farmers.