Ever wanted to escape to a quiet farm, but still have all the cultural perks and pleasures of a city? Pick veggies from our farm garden, enjoy a lazy weekend in our wonderful backyard...all await you at Fossel Farm.
Fossel Farm's sweet one room golden yellow studio has refinished wood floors and faces into the front garden of our urban farm. It has a nice big window with Eastern exposure and great morning light. Its full bathroom has a brand new standing shower and a nice tile floor. The kitchen is on the north wall of the studio with a small sink, compact gas stove, under-the-counter fridge--all new--and a three stool eating nook. The closet is generous for one, fine for two. There is a foldout couch (not that comfortable for sleeping) and an additional single mattress to put on top of the folded out couch or the floor. Zero-VOC paint throughout.
The Fossel Farmhouse is an Edwardian style two level house, built in 1911, still a bit rough around the edges here and there in proper urban farm style, but resounds with charm from every corner! It was renovated 14 years ago, with continuing improvements ever since, most of them handcrafted by your hosts. The exterior of the house is newly repainted with great fresh colors. Shared laundry machines are at the back of the house in a greenhouse style laundry shed. The foundation is bolted and sheerwalled--very earthquake safe.
Our Edwardian Farmhouse sits on a large fully-fenced double lot with a generous front yard, huge backyard, and two side yards. There is a copper firepit on custom brick hearth, art studio/shed (private), two outdoor eating spaces, kids area (with sandbox, little theater, toys a plenty, chalkboard, mermaid and dragon), wood lounge chairs, handcrafted double red brick pizza oven with grill (in process), outdoor carnival lighting, lots of potted plants (succulents, aloe, orchids, bougainvillea etc), and two shade umbrellas for the tables. The property offers very nice indoor/outdoor living.
Fossel Farm's beautiful vegetable gardens consist of 25+ raised beds (always changing but some usual food plant suspects: chard, kale, mixed greens, arugula, potatoes, tomatoes, basil, strawberries, beets, beans, edamame, rhubarb, onions etc). As one of your hosts is also an expert in plant dyes, we grow specialty dyes such as indigo and madder, as well as a range of other color producers. We have our Angora rabbit "bun bun" on the north side of the house, and keep two active beehives on top of our art studio/shed--out of harm's way--but great for those who may be interested. You can enjoy some seasonal vegetables from our garden while you're here. Currently the front yard features morning glory vines, a lemon tree, Neroli orange tree, false bamboo, roses, potato vine, as well as an expanding herb garden and a sitting area for two with brick patio. Lastly, there are four raised beds on the sidewalk with succulents and California poppies, as well as a peach and a walnut tree.
Fossel Farm has a busy urban farm rhythm with always lots of chores around the property, as well as your hosts' dynamic livelihoods that extend out into the local neighborhood and greater city beyond. There is most always one project or another going on, though most guests will find it very peaceful compared to most other places in the Bay Area. It has a quietude and calm that resounds despite its urban location. When we are here as your hosts you may well see us frequently, particularly if you spend time at the farm and in the gardens. If you want to retreat however we are just fine with that as well. It's what you make of it.
We are offering you the special treat of life on a farm right in the heart of the city, where things are a little different than you may expect and refreshing new experiences await you at every turn. So give yourself time to adjust and sink into the uniqueness of the place, it is really something special.
We have young kids so Fossel Farm is very kid friendly with all the basic amenities you'd need. That said, it is a farm, so hand sanitizing and watching your children as they encounter new things is always a good idea.
In just a few words, with openness, curiosity, and respect for our family Farm.
Scott grew up on a quiet hundred acre farm in Maine. His connection to nature has been lifelong. He attended high school at St. Paul's School in Concord NH. Scott did his undergraduate work in global systems theory at several schools and his graduate work in integral philosophy at California Institute of Integral Studies. After a successful start in residential real estate, Scott shifted to the internet. A founder of multiple angel-funded startups, Scott's work in high tech has been built around themes of neighborhood, social capital, innovation, and sustainability. He is currently an MBA Candidate in Sustainable Business at the Presidio School of Management. Scott lives with his family
of five on a budding urban farm in Berkeley. His wife Sasha is a Professor at the California College of the Arts in textiles with a specialty in natural dyes, and runs the non-profit Permacouture Institute. Scott's three kids are Finnegan age 15, Bergamot age 5, and Beckett 3. Scott is an avid backyard gardener who keeps chickens, cultivates bees, and brews his own beer. In his free time he is working on a young adult fiction novel.