There’s No Culture Without Agriculture
Since the very beginning, the way we have gathered and produced our food has been directly linked to the way people form and organize our society. Until much of recent history, societies have maintained an intimate connection to the land, drawing sustenance from it and the food systems they rely upon. Today’s trends toward sustainable agriculture are a necessary return to times past. The ability to apply natural resources and modern technologies to ancestral wisdom and skills, offers us limitless potential and opportunity to build a healthy, secure tomorrow – for all peoples.
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HOW WE GROW
Food is fundamental to life (everyone eats) and therefore it’s important to carefully consider and choose how and where our food is produced.
We believe that by working with the natural rhythms of the soil, plants, and microorganisms we can grow excellent tasting food without the environmental and health risks that can accompany chemical intensive farming practices.
Sustaining the land in healthy condition for future generations, re-mediating the land where needed.
We think of all the work we do in terms of stewardship. All of our farming and management practices are as natural and environmentally friendly as possible. We are not certified organic, but we always seek to meet and exceed not only the letter of the organic farming guidelines, but also the intent. As sustainable farmers, we never use chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides or genetically modified plants. Instead, we rely on things like compost, crop rotation and cover crops to keep our land and crops healthy and productive.
We continually research and evaluate our practices to better understand the impacts of what we do.
We strive to make improvements and positive contributions wherever possible. We also believe it is important to maintain transparency in our business and growing practices.
Raise healthy, regionally appropriate livestock in concert, not competition with the land.
We practice natural animal husbandry by providing livestock with adequate pasture, access to outdoors, clean water, and fresh air, banning cruel or unnecessary alterations, & using no hormones or antibiotics in feed. We work to keep a healthy balance between land, crops and livestock. Our animals are scaled and integrated into our production systems, so that crops and livestock complement one another, which is good for them, for people, and the planet.
As farmers we seek to be integral and active members of our community.
Community Supported Agriculture empowers communities. We seek to organize our farm in such a way that we can support low and restricted income people easily access healthy, local food.
Agriculture and culinary practices reflect the identity of cultures and regions all around the world.
The need to feed and sustain ourselves is more important than ever and a local diet, made available to everyone, is the best insurance for health and security. For environmental reasons we believe that it is imperative that local communities learn how to feed themselves from local and regional sources. Even though short-term economics might make it cheaper to ship perishable produce across the country, we think that in the long term our planet and our communities will be healthier if they can rely on themselves for most of their food needs. We also know that locally grown food is fresher and tastes better!
Supporting agricultural markets & infrastructures enable small farms to thrive.
By building a network of support with regional growers/producers, we strive to buy our farm’s supplies and services from local vendors whenever possible. This also helps stimulate the local food economy. We are also intentional about supporting the next generation of farmers by sharing and developing farming skills among apprentices, volunteers, and future farmers.
We are continually exploring new ways to reduce our ecological footprint, limiting energy use and converting to renewable sources of energy where possible.
Our goals are to:
- Conserve natural resources by reducing erosion & pollution of air, soil & water through responsible farming practices and,
- Create beneficial habitat for wildlife and encourage biodiversity.
The importance of preserving our region’s best farmland relates directly back to the idea of our region being able to grow its own food.
Without good land, farming is next to impossible. It begins with the soil. Farms and forests can be critical to preserving the purity of our water resources, they support wildlife and numerous outdoor activities. We believe that every effort should be made to keep farmland from being developed, and also that mechanisms must be developed for making farmland affordable to new generations of farmers. With the help of mother nature and responsible agroecology practices, we are working hard to turn marginal soils into rich, fertile farmland which can be conserved for generations to come.