We are a small family farm leading the way towards regenerative evironmental stewardship driven by biodynamic principles to bring the purest produce apossible to the Colorado Springs region of Colorado.
you want local, sustainable and pure produce. You want to cut out food
miles, support local systems and you believe that local agriculture is vital
for a healthy community. You also want to be sure that the food you are
putting in your body is not only the best for you nutritionally, but safe for
you without heavy metals or chemicals. So how can you be sure? For
starters, you really can't - not here in Colorado anyway. Some states,
like California, have inspectors to ensure that farms stand by their
word. In Colorado you have to ask, ask, ask! So what to ask?
Let's dig in. These are
the top 10 questions you must ask the farmers at your local farmer's market: 1.Do you grow all this
produce yourself? Believe it or not, there are far too many re-sellers
claiming to be local. Yes, this does happen. It happens a lot.
Not all "farm-stands" are actually run by a farm. 2."Do you use chemicals on your crops" is a terrible
questions, and one that sho…
Ahavah Farm is a
Values-Centered-Farm and This is Our Pledge to You üWe pledge
to never compromise on the purity of our food.This includes the use of any chemicals or anything synthetic (even if it
is certified “Organic”). üWe pledge
to use microbiology, composts, green manures and other organic matter to build
and sustain healthy soils. üWe pledge
to use beneficial insects to control pests and to increase the bio-diversity on
our farm. üWe pledge
to never use pesticides or fungicides. üWe pledge
to never use GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). üWe pledge
to use only NOP “Organic” certified seeds, our own saved seeds or locally grown
seeds from farms that we trust and are assured of their growing practices. üWe pledge
to never use a tractor on our fields or near our crops. üWe pledge
to always be transparent in all of our growing practices. üWe pledge
that we will utilize pure, regenerative practices and we agree with the phrase:
“Just because it is ‘Organic’ doesn’t mean that it is pure…
Yes, that's right. Say "NO" to tractors around your food! Why? How else will we feed ourselves without those big shiny (or in many cases not-so-shiny) tractors? The answer is simple and so is the explanation.
This is the first of a series regarding small-farm, regenerative agricultural practices that I will be writing about. This post is regarding tractors. I will be following up with other dubious practices such as: Tilling, fish emulsion and other "organic" fertilizers, flood irrigation, the benefits of heirloom vegetables and more - so make sure to subscribe to our RSS feed and comment below as well!
I get asked all the time why we do not use tractors, and what is our beef with them. There are multiple issues that I have with the tractor, the least of the reasons may shock you, and it is probably what you are all thinking: The greenhouse gas emissions.
Although tractors do emit enormous amounts of greenhouse gases, that is not the reason I am so adama…