Soil Matters

Real Soil = Real Food

Welcome to your farm.

Where health is valued, community matters, and simple home cooking is replacing commodity foods.

This page is like a virtual farm tour for you to get a 'behind the scene' look at production on our farm.

Kari using the Broad fork  in the high tunnel in early spring.  This minimal tillage hand tool aerates the soil encouraging health and a robust soil microbiology.

We only use 100% non-GMO seed.  

We grow over 100 varieties of vegetables.  
Our seeds are started in certified organic locally sourced potting soil.

Hand tools ready for action!  

 The beds are kept free of weeds by small scale sustainable farming methods that use the motto 'early and often'.  Every bed is weeded by hand every two weeks to keep the beds free of weeds.  

Allison with the flame weeder.

We also extensively use a pre-emergent weeding technique where we prep the garden beds two weeks early, water it as if it is planted with a crop and then flame weed the bed to kill weeds before planting.  This technique greatly reduces weeds on our farm.

No weeds in the lettuce mix!

To control those insects that like to eat vegetables as much as we do, we plant a large crop of sunflowers and other bird-friendly blooming flowers and vines. Birds sing while doing the good work of eating bugs. 

Moving floating row cover in the spring.

We use floating row cover over our cabbage crops (including cabbage,  arugula, Asian greens, broccoli, and Brussels-sprouts) to keep the cabbage moths out. Healthy soil, healthy plants, row cover, and natural pest predators, create a vigorous pro-plant habitat. 

Many of our summer crops are trellised in our high tunnels.  This makes it possible to produce as much heat loving crops as possible from a relatively small space.  

Trellised Cucumbers
After seeding, watering, and weeding, the vegetables are harvested by hand with great care.  

They are refrigerated and cleaned immediately. 
 All fresh vegetables are delivered directly from us to our customers within 48 hours. 
Vegetables are harvested and packed by hand and sold directly to our customers

We use an intensive method of creating garden beds where we add a large amount of compost and then never use deep tillage on the bed again.  This permanent bed system means we don't ever turn more than the top 2 inches of soil greatly minimizing the number of weed seed present in our soil.

Applying compost in the hoop house at the end of the season.

At the end of the season we top the beds off with a compost or other organic nutrients according to soil testing results.  The beds are then covered over the winter months allowing the earthworms go to work bringing the nutrients deep into the topsoil and subsoil.

Using minimal tillage, soil testing, organic soil amendments; our soil grows an abundance of nutrient-dense food.

Every decision we make on our farm, from selecting seed, to how we cultivate the soil, to carefully timed crop plantings, is made with the underlying principle that human health is directly related to soil health. We strive to create the healthiest soil possible.

Over the years we've found our dedication to healthy soil has a wonderful by-product; not only are our soil tests coming back more and more healthy each year but we are growing some incredibly delicious food to feed our community.