The Farm

The farm~
6.5 acres of flat beachy sand in Screven County. There's a sizeable pecan orchard, a blueberry patch, large garden, we've lost count of the chickens (around 300?), three Jersey cows, Pita the lab mix and a couple stray cats. Wee Farm is for us part business and part homesteading.
The chickens get their run of the place, eating grass, bugs and scratching around happily. They also get lots of crumbs and pecans for treats. And yes, most of them have names :) They eat bugs and crawly things, helping to cut down on pest problems and their droppings in turn help everything else to grow. The grain mix the chickens get is from a local farmer who does his own milling and also happily refills my feed sacks to avoid making garbage and using more raw materials, which is great. The cows are rotated from back pasture to orchard, where they fertilize the trees and the chickens scratch their manure into the topsoil as well as breaking the bovine parasite cycle by eating anything they discover in the process.
There's also a commercial kitchen on the farm that could enable us to offer processed goods in the future, such as salsa, jam, bread, sauerkraut and noodles.

In the garden I utilize compost and cover cropping to replenish the soil of nutrients, add organic matter and minimize weeds/baked soil. The cover is a mix of rye, which pulls trace minerals and such to the surface as it grows, and winter peas, which take nitrogen from the air and fix it to the soil. I'm also into companion planting, which isn't so efficient for harvesting and care on a large scale, but it should work for me. Everything has the potential to become a well-balanced cycle of energy changing forms and being repurposed; all the farmer has to do is help facilitate that cycle and help it run as smoothly and sustainably as possible. You can't really improve over the cool things that
Mother Nature can do!

I had the thought the other day that a garden is very much like a patchwork quilt, both visually and in it's story. Instead of "this patch is from my first jumper and this patch from my grandpa's work-shirt," it's "these christmas limas are heirlooms from my mom, these sorrel seeds are from Sarah at Oxbow, the kale from Cecelia in Washington," so on and so forth, a collection of people I've known and places I've been. We so desperately need a food culture in this country, which could easily be born of a celebration of our unique and locally available items, plus a little pride in our stories and history.

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Farm "after"

Farm "before"

"before"




Hens taking a dustbath

3 comments:

  1. Wow,
    You are the most amazing person. I am so proud of your adventurous spirit. Just goes to prove that you were created uniquely and wonderfully.
    Share your story. It will give life to someone just like your garden. Love and kisses. Momma L.

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  2. Hi guys, we saw you on the Screven County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and looked you up! Didn't know who had taken over the old Adcote Acres. Mike and Karen Smith Longwood Plantation

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    1. Nice to "meet" you via the internet! I've been using some of your cotton husk/chicken manure mix for the garden. Amelia

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