Places– of Charm

L.A. Times reporter Veronique de Turenne tells us that sometimes, the peach on a backyard tree is just a peach, a sweet, homegrown bonus.  In certain circles of Altadena, though, that peach is a gateway fruit.  One tree becomes three, which becomes an orchard.  The quest for organic fertilizer leads to a flock of chickens, which begets a garden.  Before you know it, there’s a herd of goats out front, heritage turkeys in back, a beehive, a rabbit hutch, and a guard llama.  The photo below is courtesy of Mel Melcon of the L.A. Times, featuring Gloria Putnam and Steve Rudicel at their winning Zorthian ranch in Altadena.

For Gloria Putnam and Steve Rudicel, goats, eggs and produce make a winning enterprise.
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10 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Reba Studebaker

    Pretty amazing! This couple is doing what we like to talk about. It’s interesting that Altadena has alluvial deposits. Our soil in the Irvine Valley is good for growing also.

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Reba, you should move your tomatoes (the ones in the clay pots) to your backyard. You’ll have to plow it up, of course. I’ll let you borrow my overalls.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Reba, hope you won’t mind the mold and other stuff growing on them. They’ve been in my trunk for awhile along with a hoe.

  4. Janessa Breckenridge

    To have a real mini-farm, Reba needs a flock of chickens. What about a horse for plowing. She has the upper body strenth of a kitten.

  5. Becky Greenwald

    Hey, I wouldn’t put it past you, Reba. I know from your posts here that you buy organic food. What impresses me about Putnam and Rudicel’s farm is the obvious– they take good care of their animals.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    True, Becky. It’s interesting that Kazi Pitelka who plays the viola with the L.A. Opera has 120 different kinds of fruit trees on her land. Pitelka has expanded to include wild turkeys who live in the trees. I find this very charming. Wouldn’t it be fun to tour her mini-farm.

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