about me

I am a farmer, a cook and a photographer.  I started working with food when I was 18, and I haven’t stopped since. I think that pomegranates are beautiful, and chili peppers, and peas fresh from the garden.  I believe in self-reliance, and I try to grow, cook, preserve, craft, forage, hunt, build, and create as much as I can.  I have no formal training in any of this. You don’t need any either.

My husband and I run Black Dog Farm in the beautiful hills of Northern California, where we grow specialty produce and flowers. You can find me at the farmers market with produce, fresh flower bouquets, and a whole rainbow of jams, jellies and preserves.





22 responses to “about me

  1. hey u guys !!!!u r sure BUSY, huh? sooo glad u got a site!now i can keep up with ya…note MY new email address!!! can’t wait to peruse (sp??) your recipies !!!! think of ya often! much love, auntie dawn p.s. send me your private email address if u got one…..

  2. Hi, Caroline,
    I’m listening to you on Dining Around with Gene Burns right now, and would like to invite you to come check out The Barlow in Sebastopol. It is the first of its kind in the nation–an organic business community where consumers can watch the products they will purchase being created–a whole new concept in retail pairing consumer with creator/producer in a ‘down home’ way.

    We are hand-picking the businesses we want to have at The Barlow, so please take this communication as a compliment…
    Check out our website–www.thebarlow.net, and if you would like to come for a tour and see how you would fit in, please email me at sue@thebarlow.net. :)

    • Hi Sue,
      Thanks for the invite! I would love to come check it out- I’ll drop you an e-mail so we can talk more about it.

  3. Please explain what is MASCARPONE? Thank you.

    • mascarpone is a type of italian cheese. the texture is somewhere between cream cheese and creme fraiche, and it has got a lovely rich, creamy mild flavor. it’s really common in desserts too- it’s what makes tiramisu awesome. I hope you try it!

  4. Love the site! Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom with the world. I’m curious as to what pressure canner you use? I’m in the market and am researching people I respect. Thank you!

  5. I’m glad I found this.
    I love the idea of growing our own food, and I think I’m gonna learn a lot here. :)

  6. You live in a beautiful part of the world. 200 chickens! I’m envious.

  7. I’m so happy you were freshly pressed and I found your blog. Congratulations! I’ve looked just a little and love what I see .. I’ll be back to read more. Have a great weekend! :-)

  8. Found you in Freshly Pressed. I think I am going to enjoy your blog.

  9. Love love love. :)

  10. Quincy Howard

    Hi! My name is Quincy! I bought 2 lovely tomato starts (hillbilly and pink brandy wine) from you at the ukiah farmers market today! This website rocks and so do you!

  11. Thank you for your informative posts and professional quality photos. I nominated your site for the “Versatile Blogger Award.” Congratulations! If you go to http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/ or my site (http://bibliopharm.wordpress.com/), you will find the information on the award, how to pass it along and then you can download the badge on your site if you want.

  12. So glad I found your blog looking forward to going through the whole thing and any new posts from you.

  13. Caroline, I really appreciate your blog, so I’ve nominated it for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you are interested in the details, you can find them here:


  14. We LOVE when farmers come to market here! I love them and all their fresh produce!

  15. It sounds like you have a beautiful life!

  16. Hello, Just a hobby farmer here and my first garden this year,and I also do have about 12 prissy Hens, and 6 guinea’s.Im in Tennessee and we have lots fox and Coyotes that we have to trap to keep them out the chicken yard as well as those pesky Chicken Hawks..Also love your blog as I found it when I was looking for if radishes can be put up in a vacuum seal…

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