About

Hedgerow of Soquel is located on six beautiful and varied acres in planting zone 9b. We are near breathtaking Monterey Bay beaches and the majestic redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains in Northern California area of the USA [zip code 95073].

I’m Jennifer Collins, co-owner and farmer at the Hedgerow of Soquel. Almost a decade ago, in search of health for our family, we learned the importance of nutrient dense real food, traditionally prepared, and how to foster a healthy micro-biome. This priceless experience led to research and training in traditional cooking techniques and the vital need for incorporating living foods like ferments into our daily life. Next came planting a garden, acquiring chickens, and ripping out our front lawn to grow even more food.

Having grown up visiting botanical gardens, as a teen I found a unique peaceful calm in any nature I could access with my horse and often had my own adventures with freedom that seems unheard of today. Decades later, as my family found health again, I discovered a lost passion had been reawakened and began the study of permaculture and how to grow healthy food in the most ecologically sensitive way.

In search of a greater connection to what feeds us and the rhythms of nature, in 2016 we moved our family out of a suburban Silicon Valley life to a place where we can be immersed in the natural world, it’s cycles and healing abilities, and grow the most nutrient dense food we possibly can.

Now, in addition to raising our three vibrant farm kids, we enjoy an agrarian lifestyle on a daily basis!

Hedgerow of Soquel is a ferme ornée, homestead, garden & farm focused on growing food and self-empowerment by practicing and sharing skills for a local and restorative way of life. We aim to inspire the change we want to see in the world.

Memberships:  

California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG)

California Native Plant Society (CNPS)

Links:

A 2012 Mercury News article written about our sustainable living in the suburbs of Silicon Valley: Sunnyvale Residents Soak Up Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater

“Sunnyvale resident Jennifer Collins transformed her Oriole Avenue back yard into an oasis of sustainability.”