Family Homesteading in California and Iowa

A tale of family homesteading in California and Iowa. Thirty years ago, David Cavagnaro was growing an enormous garden in California. Now, he lives in a cooler climate in Iowa, but he’s still able to enjoy just as much fresh, homegrown food..



Homesteading in California and Iowa. David Cavagnaro’s house in Iowa.
Homesteading in California and Iowa. David Cavagnaro’s house in Iowa.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
For 30 years, Cavagnaro has grown much, sometimes all, of his family’s food.
For 30 years, Cavagnaro has grown much, sometimes all, of his family’s food.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
Sonoma County, Calif. The garden and orchard take shape.
Sonoma County, Calif. The garden and orchard take shape.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
On this homestead, David and Maggie raised all their own food, including fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products.
On this homestead, David and Maggie raised all their own food, including fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
A bountiful garden with 150 fruit and nut trees!
A bountiful garden with 150 fruit and nut trees!
Photo by David Cavagnaro
Maggie colors yarn with homemade plant dye.
Maggie colors yarn with homemade plant dye.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
Drying peaches and pears for storage.
Drying peaches and pears for storage.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
David’s son, Pippin, in the middle of a building project.
David’s son, Pippin, in the middle of a building project.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
David’s daughter, Carina, picks broccoli.
David’s daughter, Carina, picks broccoli.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
Joanie and Carina at the cabin in California.
Joanie and Carina at the cabin in California.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
One of many delicious ways David prepares fresh vegetables — stuffed summer squash with Romano beans.
One of many delicious ways David prepares fresh vegetables — stuffed summer squash with Romano beans.
Photo by David Cavagnaro
A selection of Cavagnaro’s delicious heirloom Italian vegetables.
A selection of Cavagnaro’s delicious heirloom Italian vegetables.
Photo by David Cavagnaro











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