How We Grow

One of the things that folks ask when they visit the farm is — “but are you organic?”
Now, that’s an interesting word. The definition is, “relating to or derived from living matter.” So organic = life, and life is good.

Now, if you are a “life farmer”, you then avoid things that kill, such as herbicide, pesticide, fungicide, etc… all of which end in “cide” (the Latin word for “a substance that kills”). I think we can agree, with billions of dollars paid out in class action lawsuits from harm, that those chemicals are something we don’t want to be messing with.

But, back to organic. Around the year 2000, the government established a national organic program. This program required anyone wanting to use the term “organic” to complete extensive paperwork, pay significant fees, and get officially certified. Only those with $5000 or less in sales were exempt from these requirements. 

Well, we all know what the government does to anything they get their hands on… That program was a step in the right direction, but within a few years, it started showing problems, and now we’ve seen a major corruption of the once pristine brand, and fraudulently labeled food to the tune of billions of dollars.
So we’re currently not certified organic. We could be, we have been, our standards are stricter than theirs, and we even sell some of our products to organic farmers. But in the end, it’s just a round sticker.

But what “certified organic” *really* comes back to is the ethos of why we’re here. We’re here to heal our community, to raise our kids around nature, and to feel comfortable with them running around the farm, helping daddy and picking food straight from the garden. It’s not about getting a price premium for our food, but protecting the most important little people in the world and giving them the best chance at life, a healthy, strong body, not compromised by anything that has the word, “substance that kills” in it.

And with a sticker… people don’t ask questions, they don’t come on a tour, see how we raise their food, learn about nutrient density, and understand why it costs a few dollars more than the wilted, sad, week-old produce that comes from who knows where, handled by who knows who. We’re all about educating our community on what real food is all about, the true costs, and the marketing tricks that Big Food and Pharma go through to convince you that their empty calories are “good for you.” We want you to be empowered to ask the right questions about what you put on your table.

When you shop the Farm on Central, you know the farmer who grew the food, who tucked every plant into its home, who harvested those strawberries, who fought the bugs, cold, heat, and bureaucrats to feed you and your most cherished loved ones. Who goes to sleep every night exhausted… but knowing that they put in an honest day’s work, doing the most important job possible, feeding our next generation.
Our goal here is to farm life.
And that’s why we call ourselves 100% certified kid-safe. Because that’s a bit more important than a sticker.

So here’s what we do use here on the farm.

We believe that healthy plants equal a reduction in disease and pest pressure.

We use regular sap tests to identify any deficiencies and then apply amendments to correct any deficiencies. We use worm castings, biochar, prebiotics, compost, and worm castings. We use minimal tillage, perennial habitat strips, wood chips and more to increase our carbon sequestration and sequester water on the farm. We’re constantly evolving our systems as we work to farm in partnership with nature.

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