countryqueers So I figure it’s time you got an actual intro from us. Where to begin 🤔 @kaikrupa and I both grew up in small towns, Kai in MI, me in Northern California. I grew up visiting my grandparents at this farm. Kai and I lived in Seattle for 10 years before moving down to the ranch 2.5 years ago. My dad and uncle are both aging, and of us 4 kids that are the next generation, I (along with Kai and their encouragement) was the only one willing and able to take on moving here and learning the ropes. After many many years working in the food and beverage industry, learning about food politics, and becoming more and more interested in growing our own food, coming here felt like a way we can make a difference in the world.  We’re constantly thinking about and working on ways to take better care of the land, we’re connecting with the surrounding communities and getting involved in donating food for food shares and benefit dinners, and we’re trying to be visible faces of queerness in a VERY “good ol boy” cis and heteronormative area/occupation.  Ok, this feels really long. I’ll put pic descriptions in the comments, if anyone is interested. Thanks for reading. This is @kingandkingranch posting for #countryqueers.  #nonbinaryfarmers #theythem #queerswhofarm

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So I figure it’s time you got an actual intro from us. Where to begin 🤔 @kaikrupa and I both grew up in small towns, Kai in MI, me in Northern California. I grew up visiting my grandparents at this farm. Kai and I lived in Seattle for 10 years before moving down to the ranch 2.5 years ago. My dad and uncle are both aging, and of us 4 kids that are the next generation, I (along with Kai and their encouragement) was the only one willing and able to take on moving here and learning the ropes. After many many years working in the food and beverage industry, learning about food politics, and becoming more and more interested in growing our own food, coming here felt like a way we can make a difference in the world. We’re constantly thinking about and working on ways to take better care of the land, we’re connecting with the surrounding communities and getting involved in donating food for food shares and benefit dinners, and we’re trying to be visible faces of queerness in a VERY “good ol boy” cis and heteronormative area/occupation. Ok, this feels really long. I’ll put pic descriptions in the comments, if anyone is interested. Thanks for reading. This is @kingandkingranch posting for #countryqueers. #nonbinaryfarmers #theythem #queerswhofarm

Comments (8)

dandelionperfect

dandelionperfect, 5 months ago

I hope you can make a go of it. Farming is hard work in every direction.

countryqueers

countryqueers, 5 months ago

Pic 1- Avocados! Our main crop. We have about 9 acres of them. This one is a Lamb Hass, along with some baby avos that will be next year’s crop. 2- gold nugget mandarins. Our secondary crop. We’ve been selling a lot of these to local school districts for lunches and summer school/meal programs. 3- view of the orchard looking east. 4-looking toward the south, view from down by our water pump. 5- I get to drive a quad a lot 🤓 like when you have to go turn on the pump to try to find an underground leak in the pipes you just dug up (but turns out they’re not leaking and it’s a mystery). 6- it’s dry and hot here, but it’s pretty. 7- current pic of me (with boring non-soccer ball hair) n Kai. Kai makes me laugh. I love them 😍 8- our farmers market table yesterday. 9- my parents/grandparents/great-grandparents house, front view. 10- our sweet dog Izzy, getting a rare frontseat ride and giving me her best judgemental look cause I shouldn’t be using my phone while driving but I had to document it!

cosmica666

cosmica666, 5 months ago

My folks live in Santa Paula and I love Fillmore. I never farmed there but always wanted to. Good on you! I’d love to visit next time I’m down.

hh_delightt

hh_delightt, 5 months ago

Dios

deyate

deyate, 5 months ago

I’m in Ventura Co! What farmers markets do you all sell at so I can come buy from you?

countryqueers

countryqueers, 5 months ago

@deyate we’re only at the Altadena Farmers Market right now, a wee bit of a trek. But we love meeting fellow Country Queers, We could arrange a fruit handoff or a farm visit if you want. Just send us a dm and we’ll figure something out 😀

deyate

deyate, 5 months ago

@countryqueers that is a trek! I grew up with Rachel in WV & am missing connecting with farm folks! DM sent!

scam

scam, 5 months ago

🐬