In essence, we want to build a healthy living soil that sustains vigorous plants.
Robust plants are less susceptible to pests and disease, which results in greater yields and better crops for years to come.
The most common questions related to our farm are “Do you spray your crops?” and “Are you organic?”.
We are fully committed to practices that meet or exceed the USDA's organic standards. However, certification is currently cost-prohibitive at our level of production, and doesn’t fully encapsulate our standards for sustainable growing. We haven’t closed the door on pursuing it in the future, and we are in the process of evaluating alternative certifications that best reflects our commitment to quality.
You will not find synthetic fertilizers, or chemical herbicides/pesticides/fungicides on our farm or equipment. We also maintain a buffer plot to ensure our crops are safe from potential drift from neighboring farms. Organic approved (OMRI listed) sprays are used sparingly, if at all, and only on select crops.
Our fertilizer program is primarily plant-based compost from our farm and Purple Cow Organics, supplemented with cured chicken manure and OMRI listed liquid fertilizer on select crops.
We are committed to increasing biodiversity and conservation of natural resources. This includes cover cropping, minimal soil disturbance, reducing our dependence on plastics, composting, annual soil tests, efficient irrigation, protected culture growing, encouraging natural predators, and raising our own pollinators. Finally, we practice a meticulous crop rotation to prevent disease, insect pressure, and soil erosion. This includes fallow rotations that allows a portion of the land to rest for a season.
We have been trained in safe food production, handling, and storage by the Produce Safety Alliance in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Our irrigation and processing water undergoes annual tests.
We source seeds from Adaptive Seeds, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Filaree Garlic Farm, High Mowing Organic Seeds, Johnny's Selected Seeds, Sustainable Seed Company, & Uprising Seeds. We select for excellence in flavor, appearance, and yield. All seeds are non-GMO, with no conventional treatments or coatings.
Growing organically becomes difficult if you cut corners. It’s really a series of small decisions pulling together towards optimal conditions for your crops to thrive. Each step is important.