"Somewhere between right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there."~ Rumi
Carmel Bella Farm
My name is Lisa Troutner and I am the founder, gardener, food artist and photographer at Carmel Bella Farm. Our farm first 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 to obtain organic certification for our farm. This certification was so 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. I simultaneously was able to showcase that organic farming could absolutely provide, high yielding, beautiful and abundantly delicious fruits. We are now working to obtain our organic certification for our farm in Northern Idaho.
At Carmel Bella Farm, I hope to inspire others to live a more organic lifestyle and be an example showing 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 delicious imagery of the food we grow. I hope to support others in growing the most magnificent tomato garden they can imagine.... and I hope to inspire others to cultivate a beautiful garden and to grow the highest quality, rare, unique and beautiful seed varieties possible from our treasured collection.
Let's support our bodies and elevate our lives by eating high quality and consciously sourced foods and making choices that help support our environment and Mother Earth. Let's inspire the next generation to care for our planet, teach them to choose their food wisely and to grow a garden...especially with lots of heirloom tomatoes!
One of my greatest joys in life is growing rare, unique, indeterminate, heirloom tomato varieties and sharing their beauty, flavor 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 color I harvest from the garden and enjoy using these colors as an art medium by assembling intricate, mosaic like designs with the abundance from our farm. Please feel free to view our art store for a glimpse.
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