Rene Hopkins - Palm Springs, Calif.

Published on Sat, 07/01/2017 - 8:45am

On a small farm tucked into the heart of Palm Springs in the California desert, you’ll find FarmHer Rene Hopkins and her husband.  Rene was born and raised on the property, but with the city now grown all around her, the farm has remained a desert oasis.  

She starts every morning at four a.m. to feed all of the animals at her farm, going first to her beloved horses.  Rene gives them bags of hay—providing some exercise while they eat, mimicking what they might do when grazing in a pasture.  She also gives each a tray of sprouted grain, grown in a seed-to-feed system that allows her to grow fresh food for her animals, even in the middle of the desert.  Rene also keeps donkeys, goats, poultry, and even a few desert tortoises.  

Rene finishes by loading her wagon and hooking it up to her tractor for the rest of her chores before heading back in the house, changing into scrubs and heading off to her day job as a veterinary technician. She has built a FarmHer’s dream right in the heart of the city, and has all of the tools of the trade at her fingertips to make her dream an everyday reality.