Naturally Grown Produce
No toxic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or GMO's. We care deeply about our soil's health and the living ecosystems on our farm.
For fertility, we use composted animal manure and cover crops.
Weeds are controlled with shallow cultivation and by hand.
Tillage is done mindfully in a way that prevents erosion of soil, our most precious resource.
Deep-composted, no-till raised beds are used for certain crops to suppress weeds and to increase the soil’s organic matter, biological activity, drainage, and water holding capacity.
Certified organic, OMRI-approved pest control sprays are used occasionally, but only if other preventative methods have been tried first, and with the protection of pollinators and other beneficial insects in mind.
Certain crops benefit from limited use of removable plastic mulch. The mulch is an excellent herbicide-free weed barrier, helps the soil retain moisture, and also prevents fungal diseases, which are very common in organic strawberries and tomatoes.
We have grown produce using organic methods for many years, so in 2015, we decided to become USDA Organic certified. After two years of adhering to the heavy record-keeping requirement and passing each of our inspections without any issues, we made the decision to transition instead to Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) in 2017. After a year of being CNG, we ultimately decided not to pursue any certification. We've found that our customers value the relationship with us far more than any third party label. We welcome and encourage any questions about our farming practices. To us, transparency and openness between farmer and consumer is the best way to ensure integrity in our food system. We still continue to use organic methods, just without all the paperwork, so we can spend more time out in the field doing what we love: farming!