We are passionate about growing great food and doing it in harmony with the natural world around us. We are Certified Organic, which means we don’t use any chemicals whatsoever, we use no GMO’s and we keep detailed records of all of our inputs and practices. We are inspected on a regular basis by a certifying body and we believe anyone calling themselves organic should get certified. To keep our soil healthy and fertile we use cover crops, crop rotation and composted animal manure as well as rotational animal grazing. We keep pests at bay by planting a broad diversity of plants in accordance to a strict crop rotation as well as catch crops and companion planting. We also use row cover to keep insects off tender plants and we use organic natural repellants when they are effective.
We know that farming this way keeps the soil healthy and productive so we can keep growing on our land for generations to come, but we also know that our farming practices are good for our ecosystem, and we see a lot of natural diversity right on our farm. We see bees buzzing around all season, birds make nests and lay eggs right in our crop rows, and we regularly see frogs and snakes in our fields. Because we don’t use chemical fertilizers or chemical herbicides and pesticides we are not polluting the watershed or local rivers and creek. We have our Salmon Safe Certification because of this. We value the local watershed as it is our source of irrigation and drinking water, so we take good care of it. Our irrigation pulls from the immense aquifer situated underneath the Pemberton Meadows so our irrigation practices make a infite loop–we pull water from the ground, put it back on the surface, the plants take what they need and the rest filters back into the aquifer.