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Permaculture/

No-till Farming

Regenerative methods that enhance the land and build resilient ecosystems.

Permaculture is described as the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. No-till farming increases organic matter retention and cycling of nutrients in the soil, while also decreasing erosion. Permanent cover crops such as clover are used in order to provide nitrogen fixation to crops, along with multiple other benefits to the soil. Organically grown straw and composted wood chips used for mulch helps the soil retain moisture and increases beneficial microbe and mycorrhizal fungi activity towards the soil's surface where these important and necessary soil activities are more concentrated. This combination of naturally increasing organic matter in the soil along with reducing erosion equals increased soil fertility and higher yields. A regenerative, sustainable, and productive way to farm the land both short and long term. These methods actively contribute towards soil carbon restoration / sequestration, which is necessary for our environment and ecosystem to thrive.

We use no synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, treated seed, chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, ever. We are committed to using growing methods that will enhance and preserve the land and environment for generations to come. Our practices are hand scale based within our main annual and perennial crop production areas, and because we do not use a tractor to till, plow, cultivate, disc, seed, or transplant this greatly reduces / eliminates our: fossil fuel use, soil compaction, erosion, and carbon loss from the soil that is associated with mostly all other annual vegetable and flower farms. As of 2019, our farm is Certified Naturally Grown and we will always be committed to using the most ecologically sound farming practices available.

The farm land has a rich history having been organically farmed for over 20 years prior to us being here, and it is forever protected from development by Genesee Land Trust.

 

Genesee Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waterways that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Rochester region – providing wildlife habitat, locally grown food, and connections to nature – for everyone. To learn how to volunteer or donate to the Genesee Land Trust visit: http://www.geneseelandtrust.org/

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Message from the farmers

From our farm fields to your table we are building a connection between the land, the farmer, and your food. This direct relationship allows us the ability to provide a wide variety of freshly harvested fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers to our local community. We use regenerative permaculture no-till farming methods that focus on building healthy soil by increasing soil organic matter and sequestering carbon. Because we don't till, plow, cultivate, disc, or transplant with a tractor anywhere on our farm all our work is done on a hand tool scale and our production methods are not reliant on tractor use, so this greatly reduces / eliminates our: fossil fuel use, soil compaction, erosion, and carbon loss from the soil that is associated with mostly all other annual vegetable or flower farms. The practices we use focus on creating thriving ecosystems full of biodiversity, and are also climate resilient because they can withstand drastic weather changes and fluctuations. Holistically managed heritage breed livestock live a natural stress free life on our farm too, and they also contribute to the farm's pastures / fields by sequestering carbon into the soil through managed rotational grazing. When you choose to support our farm it helps to ensure that regenerative farming practices will have a secure future ahead, continuing to enhance our local environment and ecosystem for generations to come.

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What we grow

Heirloom & specialty varieties freshly harvested, from our farm to your kitchen.

We offer a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are full of history and flavor. We specialize in growing heirloom varieties because we appreciate their diversity along with their complex and delicious flavor profiles.

There are many varieties from around the world that we love to grow, pictured are a few of our favorites. By using regenerative  permaculture no-till methods, the flavors of our crops are of some of the highest quality that you can find locally. Everything is harvested with precise timing as to it's ripeness, in order to provide the freshest ingredients for your recipes. Our methods utilize growing practices used in organic farming, but go well beyond that into regenerative. We are actively restoring and sequestering soil carbon by working with the environment in a positive way, we do not use a tractor in our fields for tilling, plowing, cultivating, seeding, discing, or transplanting because those farming practices disturb the soil food web and result in an imbalance to the surrounding ecosystem both below and above the ground. The traditional practices that most farms use (even certified organic farms) also contribute to soil erosion, lack of biodiversity, and carbon loss from the soil. We do the majority of our field work the good old fashioned way, with our hands. True regenerative agriculture leaves the environment in a better state than where it started.

Some of our favorite varieties to grow are from Thailand and Lebanon, as our family and cultural history are rooted in those countries. We have both grown up enjoying, eating, and cooking authentic Thai and Lebanese dishes passed down through generations in each of our families.

What we grow can be used in a diverse selection of original and traditional recipes from many cultures. We strive to have something for everyone, no matter what your personal taste preferences are. We always enjoy connecting with local chefs and the discerning home cook to offer you something unique and different that you many not be able to find elsewhere. If you are interested in special bulk or wholesale orders, contact us to see how we may be of service to you.

We love flowers & foliage

From flower farming to houseplants, we have a lot of beauty to share.

My mom has been growing and collecting plants since 1975, spanning over the last 43 years. Decades of growth and appreciation has been shared from mother to daughter, we both have so much love and appreciation for all different kinds of flowers and plants. My mom has passed down a long legacy so it can continue to thrive and be shared with future generations of flower growers and plant lovers, and I am happy to continue the tradition.

 

I have always loved flowers, from watching them grow and admiring their beauty in the garden, to seeing pollinators and beneficial insects appreciating them all summer long. There are so many things to love. When we started our farm our focus was on mainly on vegetables but in any extra time we had I was also working on cleaning out beds to plant flowers, researching what I wanted to grow, and getting plants from my mom's garden to put into my perennial beds by our barns and greenhouse. My mom was also a huge help with designing and laying out some of my perennial garden areas that are densely planted and highly productive. Just to have her involved in the process has been so meaningful. Since the beginning of our farm, I have always looked forward to further expanding the scale and depth of our flower offerings. This is looking to be our biggest season yet for flowers, and I'm excited to share it all with you.

 

As an avid plant collector, I also love sharing with others from the collection of houseplants I have gathered over the years. Plants can bring great joy into your home and a piece of nature that you can nurture year round. Houseplants are also a great way to break yourself in for container gardening as it gets you familiar with what a plant needs and when it needs it. Care changes year round and is specific to each plant's needs, so it keeps you connected to the cycle that plants go through from season to season. Collecting and growing houseplants can bring a form of happiness that is so pure, because it originates from caring and loving something deeply. Your plants will thrive and love you back if you give them the right amount of love, sunlight, and water.

 

We are excited to offer more diverse and beautiful seasonal flower arrangements, a curated collection of houseplants, plus unique original gifts.

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