Frequently Asked FARM Questions
Q: “Is it really Organic? Because it doesn’t look like the farm is certified.”
A: Our members are our certifiers. When sharing about our produce with others, you are free to use the word organic, or ecological, to describe our farm. We grow according to organic standards, and believe that organic has to do with the soil. We use different methods of balancing the soil to achieve the best possible nutrient availability, along with onsite produced compost from our own farm produced ingredients (vegetable waste, weeds, horse manure, grass clippings, hay). We also add Sphagnum Peat Moss, to improve soil tilth and organic matter concentration. We do not use unstable chemistry fertilizers, or synthetic pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, or fungicides of any kind. The health of the plant, the planet, and you are our top priorities.
Q: What is the farm’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: The farm was literally birthed during the pandemic itself, even in the middle of the lockdown in Michigan last spring. Our approach is simple and three-fold:
- Protect the vulnerable. Localization of the food system (you buying from us!) decreases the chances of people in our community carrying or contracting the virus, by eliminating some of the unnecessary points of contact to faraway places and economies.
- Practice proper hygiene. This applies to both the farm team and members/customers. Washing of hands frequently and practicing sanitary practices in the produce washing station and while harvesting, greatly reduces the chance of anyone getting sick.
- Leave the rest in God’s hands. We cannot control germs and bacteria, but God can. We simply must act in faith with the knowledge He has given to mitigate and reduce the chances of contracting a disease, and in overcoming it.
Are you struggling with COVID-19 or a similar sickness? Need some help? We’ve been through it. Email us on the About page.
Q: Why are we clearing land and not using land that is already cleared? #savetheforest
A: Partly because of location, and partly due to soil health. This piece of land has been dormant for 16 years with nothing but the wild animals, grasses and trees touching foot on its surface. The advantage is that we’re less likely to run into major soil health issues and toxicities. It’s location is so oriented to provide at least 1/4 mile buffer between it and conventional farmland at the closest point, which protects against pesticide drift. To clear it sustainably, we’re harvesting the timber for lumber and firewood. Someday I’d like to grow a whole forest of hundreds of acres. Intensive farming like this would literally allow the people to grow enough food to feed the entire population on a 10th of the current agricultural land space. The major obstacles are 1, not enough farmers, and 2, access to land and capital for aspiring farmers. It’s not cheap to start a farm.