HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE
We have been living in Fl. since 1999 we moved to the farm in 2006 the house had burned and needed to be saved or rescued [much like our animals] the rest of the farm was over run by opportunistic growth [weeds and lot's of them] part of the grapes I did not know were even there until we started cutting down some of the over growth at which time I also discovered more grapes as well as kiwi. when we were cleaning out the barn we found lot's of old pictures and plans for planting lay out ect. also a book hand written on the master lay out of the farm before it was cleared it was the work of mister DeLoach the man who started this farm.He also explained his plan as well as some history of how he ended up here .Turns out he and his family moved here in the 70s from Maryland in a school bus they used for traveling.They wanted to move to the country and do all natural farming how ironic [read ABOUT US and see why] so we now are the stewards of the DeLoach vision and thankfully so.
WHY DO YOU USE NATURAL FARMING METHODS
I would like to say it's because of my love and respect for the earth and the future of mankind but, Anybody who has known me for very long knows it's because I'm cheap I don't like to spend money on any thing I can make for free or recycle [my wife hates when I go to the dump I bring home more than I leave] most of the equipment, tools and implements are recycled the seeds I use are from the crops from the previous year most of the building materials we use are recycled or leftover from job sites that would be burned. My log cabin chicken coops are maid from scrap from a sawmill that's free we make our own fertilizers as well as pesticides some of which are only sacrificial plants growing near the vegetable plants. so realistically I do it because I'm cheap but it makes me feel good that I'm helping the earth at the same time.You can learn to do the same things and save some money at the same time come visit and we'll show how [no charge]
WHY ALL NATURAL WHY NOT ORGANIC
Organic is not realy what it seems.To be an organic farm you need to be certified by an organization[there are several] most of these are formed to serve there own intrest they certify that you grow using there method and that you use only chemicals approved by them [ya chemicals] pesticides fertilizers and growth products [by the way they sell these products] then they need to inspect your land as well and do some soil samples this costs any where from 1,000 to 5,000 an ac.then yearly dues for membership.So in short all natural is far better for you and the earth I think this also explains the cost of organic vegetables.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE
WHY IS ONLY HALF OF YOUR LAND USED FOR FARMING
Well it's all about balance like every thing else in life.I leave 7ac. to be wild to balance for the the 8ac. I use. It grows the compost and wild plants I need it also provides a home for wildlife which helps keep them away from my crops as well as insects. It's all about being in balance with nature and letting it work for you not fighting it. This natural space is not only good for my farm but, my neighborers as well as the rest of the earth.If every farm did this it would reduce our carbon foot print by 50% and I love to just go walking out there sometimes it's very relaxing.Come try it feel the stress fall away and the smile come to your face. It's all about balance!!
WHAT DO YOU GROW
We grow mainly fruit,But we also grow a verity of veggies as well mostly of the heritage type.I have been growing herbs for a long time so we wild-craft some and container grow others.We also sell local produce from other farms in the area not all of them are all naturally grown we mark them or will tell you what's what
WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR PRODUCE
You can come to the farm and do you pick or you can buy fresh picked. We also sell at the local farmers market in Milton
WHERE DO YOU GET THE TREES AND BUSHES YOU SELL
All the blueberry bushes are from our own stock there shuts from our u-pick bushes.All the other bushes and trees are grown in the south east in the same zone as us.That is so they will be ready to grow in this zone with out any special needs.They are the same trees we are growing so you can see how they will grow for you
WHEN ARE BLUEBERRIES IN SEASON
Blueberries are usually ripe by the first of May and we strip the bushes the middle of July. But dates will vary depending on weather for the season.
DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE CHICKS FOR SALE
Most of the time we do but sometimes we run out . We almost never have laying hens because all the chicks sell at a young age. We are one of a very few that only sell chicks that we hatch. We don't sell hatchery chicks. Turkeys are only available in the spring and summer . Turkeys only lay eggs for a short time so we don't force them with controlled lighting or temp.We try to keep it as natural as possible.