About Christina

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Short version of gypsy farmer…..

Born and raised in San Diego County. Moved to Orange County, then Tehama Co., then San Joaquin Co. … and finally back to San Diego County.

Wanted to be a sculptor….architect….interior designer….tractor driver….farmer. On the list for the future: Rancher (cow-calf) with summer and winter pastures, jazz club owner, vineyard owner, surfer, gracious hostess, sailor, traveler… ever the gypsy

Needs: Outdoors, open vistas preferably with a sunrise view and lots of oak trees, Sun, Soil (or an amendable A horizon or alluvial plain), quiet nights, bird songs and all sorts of animals and insects. And most importantly: WATER - Sweet Water. Salt Water. Rain Water.

Enjoy: Jazz masters, classical piano, strings and waltzes, classic rock and old school. Sings in car, occasional air guitar, drums. One of my dream trips: The New Year’s Concert in Vienna…

Have worked for: Gilbert’s 5-10-25, Diedrich’s, A16, various art galleries, UCCE-ANR, UCD, Crown, USDA-PMC-NRCS, Harris-Moran, Treasury, Rocket, Fallbrook, Monserate, and finally myself!!

Over the years, have grown: tomatoes, basil, strawberries, figs, winegrapes, native grasses, blueberries, apples, stone fruit, citrus, coffee, saffron, capers, kale, onions, lettuce, sweet peas!, sunflowers, chiles, fava, peas, french tarragon, african violets (thank you Aunt Sandy), violas, Pasadena violets (thank you Granny!), gardenias, roses, lots of cover crops, every culinary herb you could imagine including marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary and yes, thyme, various house plants (my oldest plant is 30 yrs!)