How Do We Farm?
The short answer: All our food is naturally grown. We do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. We do not grow genetically modified organisms.
The long answer: We farm with a deep commitment to the health of the land and the living beings who rely on it. We aim to make the soil in our gardens healthier, richer, and more alive each year. We never use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or after-harvest treatments. We don't grow genetically modified organisms. We are reluctant to spray anything at all, and have not used a commercial "organic" pesticide in years. If a crop is suffering from insect pressure, we don't think it's a good idea to further disturb the balance by poisoning the beneficial insects and spiders along with the pests. Instead of relying on synthetic products, we improve our soil health with cover crops and mulches, weed by hand, squish bean beetles with our fingers, and choose varieties of plants that can hold their own in the real world of weeds and bugs. We strive to make decisions that take into account all the needs here--healthy soil, clean water, a thriving and diverse ecosystem, human health, good nutritious food, and our family's financial needs. We keep in mind that we farm in the watershed of Lake Monroe, the source of drinking water for many people we love. We take seriously the impact of our daily farming choices on the world, and we are always learning.