Carmel Bella Farm
My name is Lisa Troutner and I am the founder, gardener, food artist and photographer at Carmel Bella Farm. Our farm originated in the beautiful, coastal mountains of Carmel Valley, California where I shared my love for tomatoes and organic farming through local restaurant distribution and farmer's markets in the Carmel Valley Village. In 2016, I worked diligently with the agriculture department of Monterey County and to obtain organic certification for our farm. This certification was so very important to me, as it allowed me to legally share my passion for organic farming. In doing so, I hoped to spark awareness into our community in regards to the endless benefits of sustainable land management for the people and planet as a whole. I simultaneously was able to showcase that organic farming could absolutely provide, high yielding, beautiful and downright delicious fruits though the produce shared at our stand. One of the greatest gifts of farming with nature is being able to inspire others to discover the beauty in it all. We are now building a new farm in the panhandle of Idaho, on 10 acres of forest and pasture land implementing the same holistic land management as we did in Carmel Valley. We hope to obtain our organic certification for this farm in the near future.
My love for gardening was instilled at a young age and has evolved into one of my most beloved passions. I take a holistic approach to farming focusing a lot of my efforts on soil fertility, biodiversity, water retention and sequestering CO2. I grow a large array of interplanted crops such as currants, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, tables grapes, fruit trees, roses, herbs, peppers, (of course) tomatoes and much more! I strive to build all of our garden spaces using recycled, foraged and/or donated materials and implement natural means of pest control, companion planting, cover crops and other forms of sustainable farming to preserve our land and keep it free of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and GMOs. It is a continual work in progress that I love deeply and look forward to sharing with you in the near future.
As most can tell, one of my greatest joys in life is growing rare, unique, indeterminate, heirloom tomato varieties and sharing their beauty, flavour and history through photography on my Instagram page and through local distribution to the community. Through this love, I have also discovered another wonderfully healing, creative outlet I never could have dreamt up. I have been captivated by the rainbow pallet of colour I harvest from the garden and enjoy using these colors as an art medium by assembling intricate, mosaic like, organic designs with the abundance from our farm. Please feel free to view our art store for a glimpse.
At Carmel Bella Farm, I hope to inspire others to live a more organic lifestyle and be an example that you can produce high yields, of beautiful produce through holistic farming and sustainable land management. I hope to tantalize taste buds through bold, exotic and beautifully delicious photography. I hope to support others in growing the most magnificent tomato garden they can imagine. I hope to guide others with growing techniques and provide some of the highest quality, rare, unique and beautiful seed varieties possible from our treasured collection. And I hope to inspire others to start their first garden, and to bring awareness adn excitement to the beauty and health provided by nature when you work with it and not against it.
Let's support our bodies by eating high quality and consciously sourced foods, make choices that help support our environment and Mother Earth, and inspire the next generation to care for our planet, teach them to choose their food wisely, and to grow a garden... especially lots of tomatoes!
Places we've been:
"Meet the Grower" Interview with Nourishing Pursuits
By Kara Bova, 2017
Pictured in The Whole Seed Catalogue by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Garden Art: Local grower Lisa Troutner turns a colorful palette of produce
into works of art. The Reader Newspaper, 2019
Top Organic and Permaculture Farms On Instagram - Oct 23, 2020
Incredible Harvest Art Has Put The Spotlight On This Organic Gardener
Awesome Byte - By Deepak Mehla
Why Are Heirloom Tomatoes So Expensive & Are They Really Worth It?
Chowhound Online Magazine, July 2020
Tomato Growing Taken To An Art Form at Carmel Bella Farm
Bloom Magazine - Bay Area Newsgroup, March 2021