We want to bring food back to the local community. Instead of going to the grocery store to get all of your food, we want our neighbors to eat produce from farms near them. We want the community to learn how food is produced and know who did the work to get it to their plates. We also want farmers to embrace nature. Learn to utilize natural preventative measures for crop loss, instead of traditional methods of spraying, tilling, and mono-cropping.
In the United States, food travels an average of 1,500 miles from where it is grown to where it is eaten. In modern society we are reaping many benefits from the increasingly globalized world of trade. In terms of food, however, this is not always a good thing. In general, the farther your food must travel from the farm to the plate, the less fresh the food is. Every mile your food travels is more carbon output from fossil fuel-based transportation. Our produce is harvested the day before it is sold and kept in cold storage, so when it gets to you it will last weeks instead of days. It makes quite a difference, especially with sensitive produce like salad greens. Most salad greens eaten on the east coast are coming from California. Cutting out the cross country travel makes your greens fresher, tastier and better for the environment!
Being local also means more jobs for our community. Rather than buying produce from far away states or foreign countries, more of the money spent on our food stays in our local economy. Being close to the people who eat our food gives our customers the chance to know their farmers. We believe this quality enhances the culture of our food community and aids in the trust people have for their food. Westmoreland County, Virginia is an economically depressed area and we are hoping that we can provide new jobs for the community as well as giving some of our surplus produce to the Northern Neck Food Bank. Supporting our farm means you are not only supporting local farmers, but also your local community.
Our main goal is to be stewards of the land. It is vital to preserve the fertility of the land for future generations. The first colonists in America used the same soil we are using, and we intend on it being as fertile 300 years from now as it is right now. We use natural techniques to eliminate our need for use of pesticides or herbicides, while still ensuring the health and quality of our crops. We don't use any synthetic product on the farm, we feed our crops with fish and kelp fertilizer and compost. We use mostly hand tools on the farm, and a small two-wheel tractor is used only occasionally. This allows us to have an almost non-existent carbon footprint. We do our best to preserve the soil structure and biology that allows our produce to extract the maximum amount of nutrition. We believe that when you preserve and enhance the soil, you produce healthier crops and therefore healthier people!
There is no one type of organic agriculture. Under the umbrella of organic we believe there exists several layers of quality. Our philosophy has always been to follow the best organic practices. Instead of quick fixes and cheap solutions we aim to build soil and nourish plants the most natural way possible.
We think its important for people to understand that organic agriculture is not a return to the past. Modern day organic production is not a rejection of technology, but rather an attempt to utilize the best of nature’s processes in a modern fashion. By following these principles we hope to bring down the cost of organic produce, so that more people can afford to eat the best quality foods available.
Although we are not officially certified yet, we already go beyond many qualifications for certification. We always invite people to come out and see the farm and see our processes yourself!