The Farm Next Door



Twenty five years ago my house couldn’t have been built. We’re under what was the final approach for El Toro Marine Air Station, an immense field with 2+ mile long runways. Fighter jets and large transports were coming through 24/7.

El Toro is part park now. Homes and a high school are being built on the rest.

What did exist here was all agricultural. My home sits in a former avocado orchard.

Our street ends at a dead end. That is very common in Irvine where only designated through streets can run between developments.

There’s a large grassy lawn and wrought iron fence. On the other side is an actual farm. I grew up in Apartment 5E! Culture shock.

The farm is owned by UC Irvine and used for research. Some day there will probably be houses there. Not today.

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