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The Most Surprising Little Urban Farm in L.A. Is on a Mar Vista Side Street

Photo Courtesy Of Casamor Farm.

Farm sells its produce on the honor system, and ”it works perfectly”

By Joshua Lurie
Los Angeles Magazine
October 16, 2017


Kohler is a Swiss national who has cultivated a small vegetable patch in every home he’s had in L.A. In 2014 he converted his front and back yards into a “food garden” by planting 30 fruit and nut trees and replacing the lawn with growing beds.

He launched the farm stand in 2016 as a way to share his surplus harvest with neighbors, putting out vegetables every Sunday and encouraging visitors to “pay what you want.” Kohler says farm stands that operate on an honor system are an “integral part of the agricultural landscape” in Switzerland. Friends questioned whether a similar endeavor would work in L.A., but Kohler persisted and learned “it works perfectly.”

The offerings from Casamor Farm change with the seasons, but greens, tomatoes, and strawberries are pretty constant. Kohler’s first big harvest yielded eye-catching acorn, patty pan, and kabocha squashes, plus pumpkins. He also has sold string beans, collard greens, red and golden beets, fava beans, radishes, and many varietals of kale and lettuce. Raspberries, blackberries, goji berries, strawberries, and avocados started thriving right away. Kohler has grown herbs for both food and healing, including sage, basil, mint, tarragon, and thyme. Trees will eventually produce items like papaya, pomegranate, Surinam cherries, black walnuts, and three types of mulberries: black, white, and Persian.

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