Do you like honey bees? Butterflies? Ladybugs? So do we. The Godfrey family have been novice bee keepers off and on for over 20 years. So when it came time to start a farm it was obvious that it needed to be friendly to our national declining bee population as well as other pollinators. Therefore a decision was easily made for the farm to begin as we meant to be moving forward ...organic.
How is the organic model different. Here are just a few ways that you will see the difference around the farm:
- When you come you will see that we have planted a beneficial pollinator habitat consisting of 12 species of native North Carolina wildflowers surrounding all our crops.
- We have bee hives located around the property so that we have our own beneficial pollinators right on hand at the farm.
- We depend on beneficial insects to help fight off pests. In order to do this, we have done releases of ladybugs in the past to help fight off invasive insects like spider mites.
- We have provided nesting habitat for brown bats and purple martins, which help control insect populations on our farm.
- Instead of treated posts for our grape vine arbor, we’ve used untreated Black Locust post from Western North Carolina.
- No 10-10-10 or other synthetic fertilizers on our farm. Instead we use OMRI approved natural fertilizers such as fish emulsion.
- We use no pesticides, no herbicides and if there's a weed, we have to bend over and pull it by hand.
- In an effort to be a land renewing farm, we have raised Sorgum-Sudan grass to make our own organic compost and clover in dormant fields to naturally replenish soil with nutrients.
We know that you have competitors to choose from when it comes to picking your local produce vendor. We hope that you will come see us and taste the difference. We think one taste and the difference will speak for itself.
2270 US 15-501 Hwy Carthage NC 28327 us