Our Family

Cora Ragaini

Cora is a registered dietitian, certified yoga teacher, reiki practitioner, and a newbie farmer! As a CT native Cora embraced good food, and nature throughout her life. Her passionate interest in wellness started at the young age of 13, when she discovered the power of a plant based diet.

Through her interest in wellness, and happiness, she was led to Hawaii, Newport RI, Costa Rica, and finally CA, following her passions of nutrition, mind/body connection, farming, and universal energy work. She holds a degree in nutrition from the University of CT and a 200hr YTT from the School for Ayurveda in Newport RI.

Cora and Maxon followed their dream to a gorgeous farm in Escondido CA, and helped start Bear Valley Organics, an 117 acre organic farm!

Maxon Keating

Maxon Keating grew up in the vast plains of eastern South Dakota, yet his roots are growing deeper here in San Diego County. Outdoor recreation and fresh quality meals prepared from scratch were childhood norms that bloomed into his priorities. He is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science Humanity and Environment.

The powers of plants were fully realized at the end of his collegiate football career. Surgeons wanted invasive joint replacements and pharmaceuticals, yet he chose to experiment with the natural holistic approach. After this long healing experience, he found direction for his life’s path.

Community health outreach and sustainable eco-agriculture are passions that have taken him to Brazil, Haiti, NYC, CT and now CA. Encouraging positive lifestyle changes for sustainable communities has been fueled by his education and exposure. He believes we’re all capable to live vibrant healthy lives with a deeper connection to oneself, others, and the natural environment.

Cora and Maxon followed their dream to a gorgeous farm in Escondido CA, and helped start Bear Valley Organics, an 117 acre organic farm!

More than just the people…

Our farm family also includes some very hard working pups and goats. Not only are they great company, but they all do their share of work on the farm, too! Our dogs work to keep the produce and animals safe from any predators that come around, and the goats contribute to our farm’s ecosystem by their grazing.