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Frequently asked questions

COVID PROTOCOL

With Covid, are you offering tours currently?

Yes, we are offering farm tours! Fall 2021 tours are sold out. As always, we will be announcing the next tours (Spring 2022) exclusively to our mailing list, which you can subscribe to here. Please see this page for more info on tours.

What is your Covid protocol for food safety?

As a regenerative farm that’s in the service of wellness and providing healthy food to our customers and community, we are determined, now more than ever, to do everything we can to continue forward with that purpose. At this time we’re still selling our produce, meat, and eggs at our regularly scheduled farmers’ markets, and have implemented additional safety measures to help protect the farm, our team, and our customers in light of the current COVID-19 situation. Learn more about our Covid-19 safety protocols here.

ABOUT US

When/how was Apricot Lane Farms founded?

It’s a compelling story! So much so we made a feature documentary about it called The Biggest Little Farm. We might be a little biased, but we highly recommend checking it out!

I’m interested in regenerative farming and agroecology, where should I start?

There’s a lot of info out there! Here’s a list of our recommended mentors, books, videos, and documentaries that have inspired the “lens” we use to see our farm and have helped inform many of our practices.

Will John & Molly come on my podcast/ TV show/ have a phone call with me?

For media or special project inquiries, please see our Press page, and kindly fill out this form. Due to the growing needs of the farm, availability is limited. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Can I volunteer or Intern on the farm?

Our apprenticeship program offers a 6-month, paid opportunity for 4 candidates looking to fully immerse themselves in learning about regenerative agriculture (at this time limited to U.S applicants only.) We also occasionally need extra hands in the garden, but due to COVID-19, our Garden Volunteer Program is currently on hold. Please check back Summer 2021.

How do I find my farming mentor?

There are lots of resources and programs for farming guidance, like our apprentice program and recommended resources page. You can also experience different farms and farming methods through WWOOF, researching farms in your community and staying curious, and asking lots of good questions along the way. 

VISITING THE FARM

I’m in the area, can I stop by?

Unfortunately, as a busy working farm, we’re not able to receive spontaneous visitors. But, we do offer farm tours, which is a great way to come and see the farm and learn more about what we’re doing. Learn more about our tours here.

How can I visit the farm?

While we’re not able to receive spontaneous visitors, we do offer farm tours, which is a great way to come and see the farm and learn more about what we’re doing. Learn more about our tours here.

My school, organization, or group would like to book a private tour, how can we do that?

At the moment we’re not able to offer private or school tours, but hope to do so in the future. Find more information about our tour offerings here.

I got tickets to a tour, what now?

You should have received a confirmation after purchasing your tickets. On the week of the tour we will email you directions to the farm as well as information on what to bring (a water bottle, good shoes etc.) For any questions please feel free to contact info@apricotlanefarms.com

Can I come film/photograph the farm?

As a busy working farm and complex ecosystem, we can only grant permission to a very limited amount of outside filming or photography. We welcome your request, which you can make by filling out this form and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

WHERE TO BUY

Where can I buy your food?

Stop by one of our four weekly farmers markets to purchase farm produce, meat, & eggs— Santa Monica Wednesday, Thousand Oaks Thursday, Calabasas Thursday, and Mar Vista Sunday. Our eggs and meat are sold exclusively at farmers markets, but you can find our produce and post-harvest products at Erewhon and other local retail partners. Find more information on where to buy, here.

Do you have a CSA Box?

We do not have a traditional CSA program, but some years we do have a special spring/summer subscription box program that we offer in limited quantities. To stay up to date on subscription box availability, join that specific mailing list by emailing CSA@apricotlanefarms.com and letting the sales team know you’re interested.

Do you have an on-farm stand?

We currently do not have a farm stand on the farm. However, when we do our public tours there is a farm stand where you can purchase produce and farm merchandise.

Do you ship your produce?

Not at this time, but we do have a few post-harvest products available for purchase (like our Avocado Oil) in our web store so you can get a taste of the farm from afar.

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM

How can I see The Biggest Little Farm movie and/or learn more about it?

The Biggest Little Farm is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, on-demand (AppleTV, Amazon, etc.), and is currently streaming on Hulu. Copies for streaming can be purchased here or purchase a DVD or Blu-ray signed by John or Molly to support the farm from our online store here

I live outside the U.S., is the film available in my country?

At this time The Biggest Little Farm is available in more than 20 countries outside the U.S., including Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, The UK, Spain, and Brazil. 

I’m interested in organizing a group screening or hosting a private screening of The Biggest Little Farm for my company, nonprofit, community group or school.

Please do! The best way to host a private screening is through our group screening program. Enquire here

I saw The Biggest Little Farm and am inspired to get involved in some way-- where should I start?

We’re so glad our epic journey inspires you to look for ways to reintegrate your own life with the forces of nature that surround us all. Here are some of the biggest little ways you can make an impact in your ecosystem!

WEB STORE

Do you ship outside the U.S.?

Post-harvest goods, like our Avocado Oil, can only be sold within the U.S. 

What’s your return policy for web store purchases?

We hope you love everything you order, but in case you don’t, you may return any product purchased on apricotlanefarms.com within 30 days from the date of purchase for a full refund. The returns must be in original packaging, unused (unworn, unwashed, unaltered). Along with the returned item(s), include your name, email address and order number. We do not accept returns for items for consumption

FARMING PRACTICES

What do you grow? How big is the farm?

Today our farm is 214-acres with over 100 varieties of fruit and nut trees and over 160 varieties of vegetables, fruits, edible flowers and herbs in our market garden garden. We raise a variety of animals which we graze rotationally on our perennial pastures including cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, a horse, and free range guinea fowl.

What farming methods do you use?

While we’re Certified organic (CCOF), Biodynamic (Demeter) and now Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC), we don’t limit ourselves to one “type” of farming and our methods borrow from many different philosophies, focusing on anything that works with our particular ecosystem. Our guiding farming principle is to treat the farm as a holistically contained ecosystem centered around regenerating the land, building soil, and enhancing biodiversity.

Why raise animals for meat? Why not just use them to build the soil?

While that is an option it is ultimately not feasible for our methods of rebuilding soil through rotational grazing. Building soil requires animal inputs. As the animals age they would begin to need more and more help to live, which overtime would become unsustainable for the farmer to maintain the resources and energy to keep aging sick animals alive— as anyone who has struggled to keep just one ailing family pet alive knows.

Why can’t you sell more eggs?

The number of eggs we are able to sell is directly correlated to the high value we place on our hens’ quality of life, as well as rebuilding the soil.  If we put too many hens on our pasture, it will create an imbalance in the nature of our ecosystem, lessening the nutritional benefits of our eggs, our hens’ health, and thus a breakdown in the system.

Can you take my farm animal I no longer want?

Due to protocols to keep our animals healthy and limit the risk of introducing disease we are unable to accept rescue farm animals.

APPRENTICESHIP

Will I have to work Holidays?

Yes, we require apprentices to work EVERY holiday during their stay, expect to work the entire day although most often it is less hours.

Is it 6-days a week every week?

Yes, Saturday is the only day off and apprentices work Sunday-Friday.

After the work day ends at 4 PM is anything else required?

Yes, sometimes apprentices will have to do nightly chores– this can include evening chicken checks, sheep checks during lambing season, late night preparations for slaughter, and more.

Traveling to farm?

Upon acceptance we will advise you on how to get to Apricot Lane Farms.

Am I allowed to drive a personal vehicle to the farm for my stay?

Yes, there is parking near the apprentice house for those who wish to bring their own vehicle.

What do I need to bring?

We will send you a packing list upon acceptance to the apprenticeship program.

How many apprentices are accepted for each 6-month program?

We accept three farm apprentices per program period.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes, we require applicants to be at least 21 years of age.

Can I bring pets?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow pets.

Insurance?

We do not provide insurance but you will be on workers compensation.

Can my family/children join me?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate for children— couples may apply, see below.

Can couples apply?

Couples can apply together, however, both must apply separately and get accepted into the program.

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