Sunday, February 5, 2012

Vegetable Gardens

Every farm needs a vegetable garden. Baker Heritage Farm's primary purpose is to raise heirloom vegetables, herbs, and fruit. The initial objective is to determine the best viable produce for the soil and climate (including labor, input cost effectiveness, volume, etc.) using unaltered (not genetically modified) heirloom seed.

Baker Heritage Farms is planning on planting at least two vegetable plots in 2012. One will be for family consumption and will be located on top of the front hill. The family food plot will have fewer restrictions than the test plot (see below), but will still be grown in a chemical free environment.

The second plot, the Test Garden, will be approximately 137 feet by 28 feet and will be limited to heirloom seeds.

The test garden plot has been untouched by chemicals for at least the past 11 years and, as far as can be determined, for many additional years before that. Staples such as corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, carrots, radishes, lettuce, sunflowers, squash, pumpkins, and others. The test plot will initially be tilled; however, future tilling methods will be based on location, density, type of crop, and cover crops. No chemicals will be used (such as herbicides, insecticides, synthetic fertilizers, etc.).

The initial intent is to grow consumable vegetables to supplement (and eventually replace) family food needs with healthier and more wholesome food products. if successful, excess produce will be donated to local churches and food banks.

Baker Family Farms does not currently plan to grow "organic" crops; however, all crops will be grown naturally and will not be chemically altered (seed or plant).

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