Want to grow your own but you don’t know where to start?

Just so you know a little bit about us, both my husband and I work in the construction industry. He works in electrical supply wholesale and I’m a landscape design consultant and project manager for a landscape architecture firm. I’ve done projects ranging in size from the single homeowner’s backyard to the new Sacramento Airport’s Terminal B Modernization Project which just opened a little over a month ago. We’ve been serious vegetable gardeners together for 8 years. I’ve been vegetable gardening since I was a child but nothing quite as serious as what we’re doing now. We’ve been intensively raising urban livestock for 5 years. We have experience raising chickens, goats, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and bees (along with our dogs and cats).

For the consultation we’ll come to your property and talk with you about what you want to do, problems you may be having, and we’ll discuss your best course of action. We’ll show you the best location for certain activities such as garden beds, fruit trees, livestock areas, etc. If you’re interested in raising any livestock let me know beforehand and I’ll look into your city’s laws to find out what you can do legally. We also have a ton of tips and advice about how to save money while doing all of this because we feel that no one should go broke doing it.

If you’re interested in learning about raising a specific animal such as goats, we can have you meet us here so you can see our setup and get some actual hands on experience with either Sedona, Bailey or Bella (who are sweet as sugar unlikeĀ evil Daisy). We can do the same with chickens, rabbits, and turkeys.

The consultation is on a sliding scale of $30-45. Basically you just pay us what you feel is fair and what you can afford.

So if you’re in the SF Bay Area and are interested in a consultation shoot us an email at info at dogislandfarm . com.



  1. Scott Hartwick says:


    I recently purchased a home in Vallejo and would love to check out your backyard farm and start getting more involved in the backyard farming movement. I have plenty of space in my backyard and would love to open the space up for any type of co-op or begin growing on my own, although I have zero farming experience.

    Are there any opportunities to open up my backyard to the local growing community and or idea’s/suggestions on doing things on my own? I am very much interested in getting involved with the local growing community in Vallejo and interested in learning what I can.

    Thank You,

    Scott Hartwick, 607-316-2725

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Scott! Welcome to Vallejo. As you probably read, we do offer consultations. If you’re interested in a consultation send us an email at dogislandfarm at gmail dot com and we can schedule something. Thanks!

  2. I have a ? about cooling my tomato juice, i cooked in a stock pot and could not can it right then i put the stock pot in the fridge and it cooled down for a few hours, would that hurt the juice any?

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