Our farm practices sustainable agriculture. We grow and produce as much of our own food as possible, and we encourage our friends and neighbors to do the same.
We recycle all of our usable organic materials (and donations) so excellent compost is always on hand. Rain gardens, roof gardens, and cover crops help protect from run off, and also provide food and cover for birds and wildlife. And our butterfly, hummingbird, and insectary gardens keep plenty of welcomed beneficials and pollinators right where we need them :)
Active planting beds are mulched with our own organic materials which replenish the soil, and also hold in moisture so less watering has to be done in the dry periods. We lasagna compost in-sito right in the beds, in established year round active composting bins, and we experiment in various methods of vermicomposting .. which has been a lot of fun :)
We reuse and recycle as much as possible. Recycled newspaper is used for packaging. Recyclable pots are used over and over again until spent to be then taken to our local recycling center.
Each season we take produce to our local food pantry so those who cannot garden can share in the taste of fresh home grown. If you have extra produce from your gardens in summer, consider your local pantry or food bank for what you don't use, and pass it out yourself, if possible. It will do you good to share what you have grown and to know how much it is appreciated. :)
In 2004 we started our local regional Freecycle group. In the same year, we also began co-moderating our County Freecycle group .. both part of www.freecycle.org Look for a group near you or start one if there is none. 'Freecycle' what you no longer use, and also ask for what you might need. It's a great way to help a neighbor, yourself, save money, and to keep usable items out of landfills. It is true that one man's "junk" is another man's treasure :)
This blog takes you through a tour of the many varieties of Scented Geraniums that we carry.
From Lemonaire (featured to the left) to beautiful geraniums smelling of "Celery," "Pineapple," and "French Vanilla," there is a lot to experience. Many of these scented geraniums are also used in herbal therapy.
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