A Shangri-La for Food
La Puma Farms
Established in 2011, the farm's roots are in an abandoned shade flower nursery with a few avocado trees which had thrived until just five years before. Designed by John La Puma, it features 14 different “rooms”, reclaimed redwood pathways and a fanciful and artistic approach to gardening and landscape. The farm's unique positioning both within a mile of the ocean and in a hidden wooded valley allows for maritime sea smoke to filter through, for lichen to cling to heritage oaks and an old apricot tree, and for late day sunshine to settle and linger.
Why We Farm
John La Puma, the farm’s designer and farmer, believes in food security, resilience and creating beauty wherever he can. He also believes that home grown produce tastes better and is more nutrient-rich and is better culinary medicine than any other produce. He’s fortunate to have contributed to that body of medical knowledge. Lastly, he believes that regenerating and building drought-resistant soil can help fight drought, improve fertility, encourage biodiversity, develop healthy fungal ecosystems and enhance productivity - all of which are goals of the farm.
John La Puma
John La Puma MD is a wellness and nutrition expert and a leading voice for nature based solutions as part of one's personal medical health. He is a New York Times best-selling author, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef and co-founder of ChefMD.