Land overgrown with weeds, a dilapidated old pink farmhouse, and a barn that’s being reclaimed by Mother Nature, we bought this place in 1992 and started the slow transformation towards becoming farmers.
The barn, well, part of it is still standing. We hope to build a new one some day. But I love the charm of the old guy. I imagine the stories he could tell of days and farmers of yesteryear.
With an interest in things long past and a love of the fresh garden food we grew up eating, we decided the theme of our farm would be all about heritage. Our ancestors, my husband’s Choctaw/Cherokee and my Scots/Irish, hailed from the same areas of the south. Both of us are California Natives though so our food choices, cooking, and lifestyle are a blend of all those influences. We decided to honor our heritage and grow heirloom vegetables and raise heritage and rare breed chickens. We also grow most of our herbs that we use for culinary and medicinal purposes.
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We have a goal of making our farm completely sustainable in much the same ways our forebearers did. Paying attention to the soil that grows our crops is our first concern. We feed it with compost created from our farm animals, and nurture it with cover crops and natural mulches. We use our chickens and geese to weed, till, and control insects all the while supplying us with fresh eggs for the table, incubator and market.
Numerous birdhouses in and around the gardens shelter the inhabitants who help with insect control. Water gardens and shrubbery provide havens for frogs, toads, and beneficial insects to do their part in keeping the bad-bug populations in check.
We choose our crop varieties based on flavor, nutritional value and sustainability, preferring those crops that are non-hybrid so we can save some seeds to plant the following season.
It all sounds rather organic, doesn’t it? But alas, I cannot tell you if it is because I have not paid fees to the government and a testing agency to legally use the “O” word. I could however, spray all manner of poisons and chemical fertilizers on my crops (I don’t) and never be required to say a word about it. Seems ass backwards and just doesn’t make good sense to me. And though it means I have to take less money for my produce, so far I’m steadfast in refusing to participate in a system I view as broken. Therefore, I’ll let you be the judge.