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Developed by Michal Lepore
We are a small family owned and run nursery and market garden. Our nursery is for the propagation of the plants we use in our landscape business which specializes in xeriscaping and desert landscapes. Our market garden is run in the old-world traditions of French-intensive. All our operations and the plants we sell are certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers. (CCOF)
Rivenrock Gardens is located on the central coast of California, in Nipomo. We sell virtually spineless edible cactus.
For info on growing cactus, and general organic theory and practice visit our Prep Guide Page.
The History of Eating Cactus: Cactus is a plant native to the Americas. While there are many types of cactus grown for food, fodder, building material, dyes and medicines, there is only one genus that combines all these attributes into one balanced whole.
This amazing plant is the Opuntia, also called the Nopalea.
The tribes of Mexico and the desert Southwest used Nopalea extensively in
everyday cooking. Nopalea has a healing reputation and is an environmentally sound and
sociologically friendly plant to grow, it requires far less water and fertilizers than
most other crops. - John Dicus