This beloved and fertile legacy, never having been under agricultural production, will now become a small-scale lavender farm, a healing space of spiritual and intellectual richness, and an embodiment of an accumulation of acquired knowledge, resources, experiences and culture.
The young farmer has done so much healing, an outsider might even sense that she is grateful for what she’s been through. “It’s made me stronger,” she says. She claims she is not mad at her ex.
Having graduated with her B.A. in Sociology, this Sacramento-native, and full-time dreamer, is passionate about shaping the future of her hometown into an urban agriculture and arts hub.
This political journey quickly turned into a personal journey for Simonsen. As she toured farms, a theme repeated itself: “Farm what you love.”
“Meeting humanity’s basic needs should be a given,” says Rubie. “Sadly, even in America, it is not. By focusing on creating an equitable food system we are choosing to provide healthy food for all, living wages for all and setting our visions high for self-sustainable and resilient communities.”
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By nearly nine ‘o’clock I am dressed in my work boots, jeans, long sleeve, and sun hat while a peacock blue mug is brimming with hot coffee.
Rubie Simonsen, owner of First Mother Farms, grows drought tolerant herbs. This location is one of the first of five urban farm sites through the West Sacramento Urban Farm Program.
Fundraising on the plate shouldn’t be the model in our City. When we profess to support our farmers, and be a City of Locavores we should be putting our money where our mouth is.
“I needed to find something that was shelf stable, and able to grow, harvest, and sell at different times of the year, particularly as I looked to sell outside labor-intensive sales channels like farmers’ markets,” Simonsen says.
Rubie Simonsen doesn’t fit the traditional paradigm of a farmer. She’s in her 20s and wears a Frida Kalho t-shirt and has a leather portrait of Kalho on her keychain. She is part of a growing number of millennials intent on making something of the world that surrounds them.