In 2016, we began our quest to find the perfect piece of land. We wanted to stay within the Moorpark/Somis areas of Ventura County to ensure we had an afternoon onshore cool ocean breeze to keep summer temperatures down for both the trees and the horses. We wanted to find a large enough parcel that we could both plant an income producing orchard and ultimately build a small, private dressage training facility. And last but not least, we needed to have great water rights and a topography that suited both an orchard and a future horse facility. It seemed like a lot to ask for...
But in September of 2016, we found the perfect 20 acres in Moorpark, California. The triangular parcel contained two hills, down both the east and west sides, with its own private valley in the middle, perfectly situated to capitalize on the afternoon onshore breeze. The parcel was nearly hidden from the main road, tucked away behind a third hill offering near complete privacy. The topography was perfect: 12 acres were hillside terrain ideal for avocados and 8 acres, terraced but flat, were recessed down the middle that seemed preordained for horse facilities. In all honesty, this property could not have been more perfect. Carronada Farms had found its future home.
The only utility to the parcel was water. There was no power, no sewer, no gas. We rolled up our sleeves and got ready for work. And in January of 2017, we closed escrow and our adventure began.
And while we still have years to go, we have achieved quite a lot over the past three plus years. Below are some photo galleries, posted by year, to showcase some milestones. Please click on the "Show More" button at the bottom of each album to load more photos.
Olly and I would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to