Three Sisters Farm is a dream being realized by Abby and Jason Harned in Redlands. The land, located in a scenic portion of San Timoteo Canyon was purchased in 2002 with the goal of building an organic farm. Abby is a third generation Redlands resident and Jason was born and raised in Santa Ana. The couple met at Cal-Polytechnic Pomona, where Jason received a degree in Landscape Irrigation Science and Abby studied Sustainable Agriculture and lived at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.
The first task on the 20 acre property was to have a well drilled and a water storage tank installed. Then the couple began construction on their straw bale house. Upon completion of the home in 2007, the family moved onto the property. Because the land was managed organically from the date of purchase, the organic certification process was streamlined and completed even before the first seeds were planted. Just a year-and-a-half into their market gardening adventure, the lessons they have learned and the relationships they have formed are inspiring their successful “micro-business” and will carry it into the future.
The overall goal for the farm is to provide as much diversity as possible while remaining a small, family operation. The organic practices include the use of compost, green manure and natural soil amendments, hand cultivation for weeds, attracting beneficial insects with trap crops of flowering perennials and providing native habitat for song birds and raptors. The small organic farm adds a critical elemenet of progressive change to the local agricultural scene in the Inland Empire of Southern California.