A sustainable family farm in Freedom, Ohio

Sustainable Practices

Sustainable Practices

Our land sustains us, so in turn, we care for our land by using environmentally sound, sustainable practices.

Non-Chemical, Natural Pesticides and Fertilizers

We don’t want nasty chemicals in our food!  We use natural fertilizers like composted manure and cover crops (“green manure”).  Any pesticides we use are OMRI approved, and we take an integrated approach to managing pests, using companion planting, crop rotation, and low tunnels, and good old picking off the bugs and weeding the rows.

We’re so glad to be right up the street from Ohio Earth Food in Hartville, where we find wonderful products and good advice.

No Routine Antibiotics or Treatments

Our chickens are healthy–they’re not overcrowded and they get lots of nutrients from the plants and bugs they forage and from their organic feed from Breakneck Acres in Ravenna.  So they don’t need antibiotics or other chemicals.  We use homeopathic preventatives and remedies, like feeding them pumpkin seeds in the fall as a dewormer and sprinkling the nest boxes with diatomaceous earth to kill external parasites.

Likewise, we house and care for our bees in such a way as to keep them healthy and minimize disease, for instance, using screened bottom boards to reduce mites.  We look for treatment options that are food grade and naturally occurring.

Organic, Non-GMO Seeds

We’re so happy to have found several terrific seed companies that offer high-quality organic seeds: Fedco, Peaceful Valley, and High Mowing are our favorites.

Water Harvesting

It always seems like there’s either too much or not enough.  We try to balance things out by collecting rainwater from the roof.

Woods and Wildflowers

Of our 20 acres, 14 are wooded, 2 we’re letting go back to native prairie, and about 1 is the pond and wetlands.  These natural areas aren’t wasted space–they’re integral to the health of our farm, increasing the biodiversity of the area, providing habitat for native pollinators and beneficial wildlife, providing blossoms and wildflowers for the bees, and much more.