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This weekend, DH and I went walking around our smallish town (San Leandro, CA) and visited the local historical society museum. Apparently, the entire town was rich farmland right up until the 1920s-30s! Farming took off in our area when squatters started to plant crops to supply gold miners with food (the town was called Squatterville for quite a long time!). Eventually, most of the land was given over to cherry orchards until they were cut down in the 20s. We still have an annual cherry festival every year in June. It's really neat to know that we have such a rural history, even though we're just across the bay from San Francisco!

I was really excited to learn that our soil is rich and excellent for farming, even if I only have my backyard to work with! It was great to see all of the old historic photos of the farmhouses on our streets surrounded by their orchards.
 
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