If you love crafts, our very own Karen King will be featured live next Wednesday, May 31, 12pm on the Hometalk Facebook page. If you are not familiar with Hometalk they are a DIY community with over 5 million followers. Stay tuned, there’s more to come!
Please be sure to read our Grower Notes this week. Last week we highlighted the wide variety of sustainable healthy foods they produce and this week they’ve pitched in to help you get to know them better.
Don’t forget to put June 10 on your calendar if you’re interested in Mayim Farms Compost Tea Workshop that was announced in last week’s newsletter. Even if your garden is a bucket on a balcony, this will be a valuable workshop on many levels. For more information visit their Facebook page.
This Week’s Grower Notes
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AVALON FARMS: What makes Avalon Farms different from the big boys? Mostly just that – We are small, hands on farmers growing on our family land. We grow tasty interesting things that we love to eat and love sharing with others. To grow these tasty interesting things we have committed to low till intensive succession planting, utilizing cover crops and natural fertilizer to nourish the soil. We use drip irrigation to conserve water and low usage of organic pesticides. Planting, weeding, picking and packing is all done by hand. We are small because this is the way we want to do things.
D’s Jellies: The most common question that I am asked is about growing Mayhaws for D’s MayhawJelly. People will say that they did not know they could be grown in our area and thought they only grew in water. We grow ours in the far corner of our fruit orchard in an area of that is about 30 feet from a cypress pond. Most years we tend to not have excessive spring rains and I can gather the mayhaws after they fall onto the ground. However, if there is an abundance of rain, we have put on rain boots to gather the mayhaws with a net as they floated on top of the water. This spring we planted Mayhaw trees in the middle of our fruit orchard, so this way we will have Mayhaws to gather without having to go in water while being on the lookout for moccasins.
Hortons Farm: “Scruffy”. That’s my new word when people ask about our farm. As a beekeeper I cherish many of our weeds that help produce beneficial local wildflower honey. (Many people don’t realize that “wildflower” often means weeds!) The trick is balancing that with growing sustainable produce. If I weed or mow to soon, the bees suffer loss. If I wait too long, the plants suffer. As with all of life we continually strive to find that perfect balance in our farming and beekeeping practices.
Restoration Gardens: We are unique in more ways than we could list in this short space, but here are some of the most important ways:
FOUNDATION: The soil is the foundation, not only for growing growing food on our farm but, truly, for all society. We believe in restoring soil to health and balance, and letting it take care of growing great food. As opposed to traditional farming where soil is virtually ignored and the focus is on just, almost artificially, growing a plant.
INPUTS: To protect our health and the environment, hard work and mechanical means are used for controlling weeds and insects rather than dangerous poisons. We are also strictly opposed to Genetically Modified Organisms. Instead, our seed is produced by just good old fashioned plant breeding, the way nature’s done it forever.
SCALE: Most conventional farming these days believes “bigger is better” and “scaling up” is the rule. On the contrary, we believe “small is beautiful!” Our challenge is trying to “grow better, not bigger.”
SANDSPUR FARMS: Sandspur Farms: We have blueberries!! And okra! Both will be in the weekly boxes also.