How We Grow
We grow most of our veggies on 3 plus acres of beautiful muck soil, utilizing traditional organic row cropping techniques. We also grow in a 3,000 square foot aquaponic greenhouse which is a closed loop system that uses up to 80 % less water than traditional agriculture. We are currently working to expand our Permaculture and fruit forest programs.
In the field:
Building and maintaining soil fertility is a cornerstone for our field and field crops. We practice cover cropping during the summer to improve soil health, fertility and structure. Our favorite cover crop is Sun Hemp.
We grow on raised beds to improve drainage and plant health. While we do utilize bag bought-in organic fertilizer preparations (primarily Neptune’s Harvest), our goal is to move away from this practice as we build our soil fertility through cover cropping, and use of compost generated on site by our alpacas, goats, and fish. We also utilize rock based mineral preparations and crop rotation.
We’ve learned to be pest tolerant in the field so that we allow beneficial insect populations a chance to thrive and maintain balance. However, our heat and climate mean we sometimes need extra reinforcements so as not to lose a crop. When the need arises, our go to pest controls are always naturally derived and labeled for use in organic agriculture (OMRI listed). Ask us to learn more.
While we are not certified organic, we grow according to or beyond the standards of the national organic program. We have chosen not to pursue certification at this time because of time, expense, and our belief that the USDA Organic Standards are being eroded in favor of corporate organic farming operations and therefore diminishing and diluting the spirit and intent of organic farming.
In the Greenhouse
We use lady bugs to control aphids in the controlled environment of the aquaponics greenhouse. We also use homemade preparations of cayenne pepper, baking soda and garlic to control other pests and mildew as needed. Our greenhouse plant roots are nourished from below with filtered water from the aquaponic system.