Fresh, local, organically grown food.
This is a small sustainable farm in northern Johnston County. The farm was established in 2005, on what was formerly an old tobacco farm. I grow a wide variety of vegetables. I also raise pastured laying hens, heirloom tomato plants, herbs, and small amounts of fruit. The farm is a little over 7 acres. About 2.5 acres are cultivated for produce each year. Another 2 acres of the farm are wooded, with the remaining areas left fallow or sown to cover crops for soil restoration.
I grow everything on the farm using strict organic methods that meet or exceed USDA Organic standards. I use no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or other poisonous sprays. Soil fertility is built through the use of cover crops, compost, and pastured livestock. Pulverized limestone, kelp meal and other natural additives are sometimes used to promote crop health and good growth. I only use organic seed, no genetically modified seed or plants are used on the farm. I do my best to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, and to create healthy soils that will support nutritionally-packed vegetables for years to come.
A plant's health is much like your own health - if you eat right and take good care of yourself, you'll rarely need to see the doctor. If plants are grown on healthy, well-balanced soils, they will rarely have pest or disease problems. In addition, I save some of my own seeds from year to year, which allows me to select those that have a natural resistance to stubborn pests or diseases, and that are particularly suited to the farm's microclimate.
Am I USDA Certified Organic? No. The government has simply made it too time-consuming and difficult for a small farm managed by one person to keep up with all of the requisite paperwork. I'd rather spend my time growing good food than filling out forms. I do adhere to or surpass all of the USDA's requirements for organic certification, I just don't have that pesky little piece of paper!
Where to get it? I sell the farm's bounty at two farmers' markets, through a CSA program, and to the occasional restaurant. You'll find me at the Midtown Farmers Market on Saturdays, 8am-noon, April through November. I am also at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh on Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, April through August.
If you are in the area, you are welcome to buy right here at the farm. Pick-up hours at the farm are on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday afternoons. We do not have a market setting/roadside stand, so you will need to place an order for your purchases. Please subscribe to the newsletter (below) for each week's expected harvest and prices.
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