Our desire is to build a relationship of trust
with our customers that goes beyond
labeling and certifications.
Our Growing Techniques
We are proud to be Certified Naturally Grown! We utilize ecological growing methods borrowing from the Biodynamic tradition and the Organic Movement. We believe that trust and commitment is what local agriculture should be founded on. If you have any questions about our growing techniques or philosophies please contact us to set up an on farm visit or give us a call/email.
Our primary method of increasing soil fertility is by using compost, the majority of which we make on farm. We use local livestock manure and organic material (leaves, wood chips, hay cuttings etc.) to make a living soil amendment that is worth it's weight in gold. We manage our compost with a utility tractor to keep it turned on schedule. We monitor the compost temperature to make the finest quality product. We also use a variety of cover crops and green manure (fresh cut plant material) to increase organic matter and add nutrients to the soil. We use Organic feathermeal, blood meal, oyster shell, and rock phosphate in minimal amounts as amendments depending on the crop. When buying compost we do our utmost due diligence before purchase to make sure it is the best we can find. We are stewards of this farm land and are investing our time in energy to create a sustainable farming system that is resilient to pests, drought, oil supply loss, and chemical dependency. We view our entire farm as a single living organism and try to close the loop on the inputs of that system as much as possible. The sun feeds our pasture grasses, the grasses feed livestock, the livestock convert the grasses into functional manure, the manure powers the biological activity in the soil...and our crops grow strong, resilient and nutrient dense. Give our veggies a try...you will taste the difference!
Pest and Pathogen Control
We use insect barriers (row covers) for certain crops to prevent infestation of certain pest that are particularly bad in our region. We have an established crop rotation plan that keeps plants from the same taxonomic family from being planted in the same beds season to season. Our tunnels are moveable, so this rotation plan includes our heirloom tomatoes. We grow a diversity of crops which increases our resilience to pest and pathogen pressure. We use botanical sprays (essential oils, teas etc.) to reduce pest pressure. We use an OMRI listed Bacillus Thuringiensis (a naturally occurring bacteria) for reducing horn worms, army worms and cabbage loopers only when necessary.
We encourage beneficial birds, insects and bats to work our fields as another technique to reduce pest pressure.
We cultivate regularly using hand tools as a method to prevent weeds from establishment. We mulch heavily using regional wheat straw or landscape fabrics. We use a flame weeder on certain direct seeded crops pre-emergence to reduce weed pressure. We utilize silage tarps to germinate and then kill latent weed seeds. We also just realize that with only two full-time farm workers...we will have weeds. It is something that we will continue to try to improve year-to-year.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Sow True Seed