I know this is an old thread but thought I would try to revive it. I am also in the Riverside area. I don't have acreage. But I do my best with my suburban lawn. I just started planting and want to grow a nice food hedge on the property line. I have 11 fruit trees so far. I am getting better at growing clippings but not very! Haven't figured out what I am doing wrong yet lol.
I would love to know more "permies" in this area.