Vegetables & Fruit flowers
Zinneas, Cosmos, Straw Flowers, Nasturtium, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Irish Poets, Black Eyed Susans, Fever Few, Bachelor Buttons, Poppies, Snap Dragons, Agastash, Coriopsis, Amaranth, Balloon Flowers, Hibiscus
Collards, Kale, Turnips, Radishes, Carrots, Chard, Spinach, Lettuce, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas, Potatoes, Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Okra
Melons, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Figs, Gooseberries, Kiwi, Muscadines
We believe that growing flowers satisfies certain needs in our community, just as potatoes, peppers or carrots do. People have a universal love for the beauty of flowers and keeping them in our homes and workplaces helps to improve the overall aesthetic of our lives which can lead to improved mood. They are used in most of our cultural ceremonies-weddings, funerals, etc.-because they have become a symbol of sympathy and congratulations. Growing them certainly has brightened our lives.
Beyond their intrinsic beauty, many flowers are edible and several have medicinal properties and may be used to make teas or salves. They also provide essential nutrition for our bees which in turn makes it possible to promote cultivation of all crops.
Why Vegetables & fruit
The reason anyone grows produce is as simple as it gets-we all need to eat. But why specifically grow fruit and vegetables as opposed to raising livestock? When we began farming several years ago, we initially thought that we wanted to raise pigs and chickens and for a while we did just that. But during that time, we faced many difficulties and expenses related to raising livestock. Meat is expensive and difficult to process and store, in part due to the expense of feeding and housing animals throughout their life cycle. But after losing about 70 chickens to natural predators and several hundred pounds of pork due to a power outage, we decided to switch gears. Not long after that decision we both became practicing vegetarians for a variety of reasons, including health and environmental concerns, and the decision to focus on vegetables and fruit on our farm was made easy.