Garden & Farm

 

We are practicing sustainable agriculture, which is a way of growing food that heals, restores, and regenerates the vitality of the farm, the surrounding ecosystem, and the local community.

 

We use organic techniques at the garden and farm.
The wood-fired oven blazes, ready for pizza and bread
Volunteers planting our forest garden
A map of our garden site
An exterior view of our greenhouse -- which doubles as an onion-curing facility in July!
Betsy, 2017 adult summer intern, trellises a forest of tomatoes
Pizzas baking in the oven
Chas preparing beds for planting at the farm
2017 apprentice, Clark, surveying the direct-seeded beds at the farm
Micah, the '17-'18 Johnson Service Corps intern, harvests lettuce on a cloudy morning at the farm

 

We practice sustainable agriculture primarily by nourishing the soil and our plants through:

  • Deep soil preparation
  • Crop rotation
  • Cover cropping
  • Copious amounts of compost
  • Growing a wide range (over 150 varieties) of crops
  • Caring for the plants’ needs (including trellising, pruning, and mulching)
  • Thoughtful planning (including planting after/before pest cycles)
  • One of the most important renewable sources of energy: the community!

Healthy plants, grown in healthy soil, are less likely to attract pests and diseases. When we do need to use an additional step, we only use organically (OMRI) approved products, such as as a clay mixture to repel cucumber and flea beetles, or beneficial microorganisms that only affect caterpillars. Feel free to be in touch with more questions about our farming practices — sustainable agriculture is our passion. Better yet, come see it and be part of it yourself, at one of our weekly community workdays!

 

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The Garden & Farm Connection:

Our five-acre garden site is the original parcel of land donated by Scnobia Taylor in 2004. It is the hub of our work with the community: we gather there for weekly Saturday workdays, share community potluck lunches together, process the harvest, and pack produce boxes there to send out to the community, through the HarvestShare CSA. The heated greenhouse allows us to extend the growing season and grow the majority of our own transplants.

In 2014, in an effort to grow more vegetables and include more people, we began to lease land from a 33-acre farm about 5 miles down the road. Most of our fruits and vegetables are grown there, as our HarvestShare CSA program continues to grow in size!

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The Forest Garden

  • Following a woodland-like pattern, we have planted over 50 trees and shrubs to create a resilient ecosystem that bears useful food, fiber, and medicinals for humans
  • In addition to the forest garden, we also have nearly 200 prolific blueberry bushes

The Native Plants Garden

  • Dedicated in memory of Katherine McDade – a local, native plant enthusiast – this garden is a place for ecological observation and prayer amongst native plants and mushrooms

Wood-Fired Oven

  • Our brick, wood-fired oven is used mostly for baking pizzas together as a community, with some of the ingredients grown right here at the garden

 

 

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