How we farm
Locally raised and produced food has been called the new organic — better tasting, better for the environment, better for local economies, and better for your health.
The 100-Mile Diet
Responsible farming techniques
We use natural, sustainable farming methods to grow healthy local food. The use of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are not employed on our farm. Natural insect predators are encouraged such as birds and ladybugs.
A local beekeeper keeps several hives on our farm, which provides benefits for both our crops and the bees. Irrigation systems ensure that the plants receive sufficient water at the most beneficial pH both for plants and consumers – this occurs naturally in the aquifer we draw from.
Crops are rotated periodically and plant material left is ploughed back into the soil. We have eliminated the use of pearlite from our potting soils as pearlite does not break down in the fields. Plastic irrigation lines are reused. All our products are picked and brought in from the field in food-safe reusable plastic totes.
Protecting the environment
Of our 20 acres, 15 are used for farming and the remaining five are currently forested. We have dedicated the forestry area to the Land Conservancy – firmly believing in the need to preserve our forest lands.
The forest itself serves as a natural windbreak and is home to many species of birds and wildlife including a resident bear, deer, coyotes, porcupines and other small creatures living in the underbrush.
Large maples, cedars, cottonwoods, poplars, native hazelnut, and wild cherry trees comprise the canopy over displays of trillium, bleeding heart, buttercup, piggyback plant, miners lettuce, skunk cabbage, vine maple, flowering red currant, salmonberry, elderberry, and three types of blackberry. We are members of the Conservation Partners Program.