What We Grow
In the 2018 growing season, we successfully harvested the following vegetables for market: salad mixes, micro-greens, garlic, cherry tomatoes, okra, gourmet squash, cucumbers, green beans, wax beans, baby kale, and spinach. We tried our hand growing watermelon, and cantaloupe though they were not as successful as we had hoped - it's always a learning experience at the farm!
How We Grow It
Raised Bed - Due to the limited size of the property we are currently farming, we find we are able to produce a higher crop yield for the space by creating 30" wide by 50' long raised garden beds that are no more than 4" tall. The raised beds also allow us to plant our crops more intensely while creating warmer soil conditions.
Intensive Planting - Basically, we are making the most of our cultivated bed space by planting crops much more closely than we would if we were using the row gardening method. We plant our crops at the recommended final thinning distances throughout our 30" x 50' beds. Using this methods allows us to produce a higher crop yield in less space.
Natural Soil Enrichment - We do not use any chemical fertilizers to enrich our soil. In the spring, we enrich our soil with an initial application of organic compost. Throughout the remainder of the season, we keep our soil enriched through the application of organic fertilizers and sea minerals.
Weed Control - We do not use any chemical agents for weed control. Our method for weed control is utilizing ground covers along with manual labor, either pulling weeds by hand or cutting them below the surface with a stirrup hoe. The intensive planting method also works to control weeds in our beds because the crop itself heavily covers the cultivated area.
Pest Management - We do not use chemical sprays for pest control. Our primary method of pest control is the creation of healthy soil conditions. The healthier the soil conditions, the healthier the plant will be and pests tend to stay away from healthy plants. As a further preventative measure, we also plant flowers and herbs that attract predator insects that will keep pests away. This season, we are planting Sweet Alyssum, Marigolds, Cosmos and a variety of herbs that will attract ladybugs which will help keep away a variety of pests. Should we find a pest infesting a crop, we are steadfast in inspection, removal and termination.