My Visit to Muir Ranch

During my recent trip out to the West Coast I got a whirlwind tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Pasadena with my friend Mud. Luckily I slept a little bit on the plane some where over Colorado and LAX because I went right from the airport, to a neighboring hotel where Mud picked me up for lunch. This was quit the experience coming from farmland Ohio embracing the drought and how folks like Mud are bringing Agriculture to the city in hard to grow conditions.  I had a great time seeing this part of our country and never imagined I’d be driving through LA or Hollywood in an old Farm Pickup Truck.  The highlight of my trip was actually getting to see Muir Ranch and take part in #flowersonyourhead.

Touring LA, Hollywood and Pasadena in 12 hours 


Meet My Friend Mud 

I got to interview Mud at the Muir Ranch which I have followed on social media for about four years now. No editing… I got #flowersonmyhead and couldn’t stop giggling when Mud turned my iphone on me in the video below.

Meet My Friend Mud : A chat with some #flowersonyourhead in Pasadena California.

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Flowers on my head as I video an interview with Mud Baron in Pasadena. #flowersonyourhead #buckeyeinLA

4 hours of sleep, 12 hour tour of 3 amazing cities and #flowersonmyhead to keep me going!  This was truly a dream come true… I love what #flowersonyourhead is all about.

Where The Flowers Grow 

Growing flowers to share with people means educating them the fun way.  At Muir Ranch the students get to learn how to grow flowers and food.  #flowersonyourhead is a internationally recognized hashtag – which I think is very cool!

Mud ‎who is the Project Director at Muir Ranch is also an Ohioan just like me!  When I met him years ago at a GWA event I should have guest because he is so friendly and loves teaching others about agriculture. Where does Mud Baron get his Twitter name?  It is the Aztec word for dahlia : Cocoxochitl.  The name is quit fitting for him considering all the amazing dahlias he grows out in California.  I also want to note that I’m thankful Dahlias have their name today because I can’t say Cocoxochitl without thinking about Coffee and cocoa!

Read more about the history of the dahlia at : Harvard 

About Muir Ranch

I asked Mud about the ranch….

Mud Baron Shares About Muir Ranch : Youtube Link

In this video Mud mentions the ‘Scottish dude who founded the Sierra Club’. After Googling I’m very embarrassed I didn’t know who Muir was. John Muir is one of California’s most important historical personalities.   What an cool thing to teach the students in Pasadena by naming their Ranch after John Muir.

John Muir is as relevant today as he was over 100 years ago when he met with President Theodore Roosevelt in Yosemite. Many of today’s headlines have Muir to thank for their inspiration. See our Chronology of of the Life and Legacy of John Muir, 1838 – 2010. – from Sierra 


Mud Barron in action.  We attended a fund raiser later that night and Mud worked his magic by creating master pieces on attendees head.  Muir Ranch also provided the lovely flower arrangements on the tables.

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Does your community or local school have a garden?  I’d love to hear about it.  Did you enjoy hearing about Muir Ranch in Pasadena?  Leave a comment because it would be an HONOR to connect with you! 


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