WHY WE GROW

There is a major disconnect between the majority of the world's population and food. Many people do not think about where their food comes from or how it was produced. 

Food production relies on one of the most basic systems that we encounter daily; growing plants and animals. Unfortunately, many of our actions and habits are detrimental to these basic systems. There are so many complexities within these systems that we do not understand nor try to understand in the midst of our busyness. So much of our lives are spent indoors stressed, mentally drained, and worn out. There is so much life outside that we do not see nor think about. 

We believe people are to be stewards and caretakers of land, our bodies and communities. By farming, we are investing in the land by using practices that enhance life and improve soil health, biodiversity, water cycling, and carbon cycling. We believe locally produced food is integral to our health by reducing the environmental footprint of importing produce, improving freshness and nutrition, and fostering daily movement through being caretakers. We also believe in the responsibility of farmers to educate our communities about where food comes from and the impacts of food waste, improve food security and help people improve their relationships with the natural world and others.

We grow because we want to bridge the disconnect. We want others to experience the joy and reward of watching something grow from seed to fruit. We want to inspire others to appreciate these basic systems so they might intentionally care for these systems too. We also just love farming... the fulfillment that comes from hard work, watching plants grow- from seed to harvest, and seeing the abundance of beauty, life, and appreciation that result from stewardship. 


OUR PRACTICES

We use only organic practices that aim to improve organic principles- ecology, health, care and fairness. We do this by using methods that improve soil health, biodiversity, water and carbon cycles. We work to inspire care for creation by helping educate our community about the natural world. We inspire fairness by making fresh food more accessible for our community (read more about our SHARE A SHARE program).

More specifically, we use practices that minimize soil disturbance by reducing tillage. We work to reduce compaction and aerate the soil without turning it over- giving the soil microbes and soil organisms access to more oxygen and water without hurting them. We also use cover crops to help reduce soil erosion, improve water infiltration and increase organic matter in the soil. 

We also use crop rotation to reduce nutrient depletion of soils, improve biodiversity, utilize the beneficial properties of plants, and reduce soil pathogens and pests. We grow over 100 varieties of a diverse range of vegetables, melons and cut flowers that are planned in a specific orientation to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. We follow a specific soil amendment plan with only organic, chemical-free inputs to ensure our soil and crops have adequate nutrients. 

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