We view small-scale sustainable farming as a way to be stewards of the land while expanding access to sustainably grown food, bolstering community and exemplifying our values. We are very specific about our practices. How we respect the land, our animals, our neighbors and our family is central to how we approach farming.
We never use synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides or fungicides. We use tractors minimally and prioritize being in the field rather than riding above it. Whenever possible we tread lightly and farm on a human scale. We are completely transparent about our practices and invite the community to visit us during the growing season.
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE?
It can be defined in many ways, but ultimately it seeks to sustain farmers, resources and communities by promoting farming practices and methods that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities. Sustainable agriculture fits into and complements modern agriculture. It rewards the true values of producers and their products. It draws and learns from organic farming. It works on farms and ranches large and small, harnessing new technologies and renewing the best practices of the past.
To that end...
- We obtain all of our seed from regional seed companies with the majority of our seed being organic and open-pollinated. We never use GMO seed. All of our seeds are started either directly in our field or in our greenhouse with Certified Organic potting soil from a local farm.
- We use crop rotation, compost and cover crops to build and maintain soil fertility. We also grow over 150 varieties of vegetables and flowers. This type of biodiversity, in concert with carefully planned rotations, helps to protect our fields from disease, pests and weeds.
- We depend on mechanical and manual cultivation in addition to mulches and crop rotation to minimize weed pressure in our fields.
- We use a variety of tactics to protect our crops from the constantly changing menagerie of pests. We interplant flowers into our vegetable fields to attract beneficial insects and birds. Physical barriers, such as row covers, protect most of our seedlings and transplants. We allow pests that have been parasitized to remain in the field and we spend some of our time manually removing eggs and insects from our plants.