Know Your Farmer, Know Their Farm
As the demand for local food continues to grow within our community, there also needs to be a greater understanding of where the food is coming from and how it is being grown. With the introduction of so many confusing labels and varying definitions of what is considered "local" or "sustainable", the team at Seminary Hill Farm values a true, transparent connection from our farm to your plate. It is valuable to have this kind of transparency within our community because then the food we celebrate and enjoy at every meal is based on a relationship and not on a marketing term. This is why our farm team is present at every CSA distribution and every farmer's market. We encourage you to ask questions or even visit our farm because while it is important to know your farmer, it is also important to know their farm.
Although we are a certified naturally grown farm, our commitment to restorative agriculture goes beyond this label. Our small, market farm uses biointensive methods to cultivate the 10 acres we have in production. What distinguishes our farm from larger farms is the diversity of crops we grow in a small area of land. We carefully choose our seeds and strategically make crop plans to create a biological system that will be managed by hand. The techniques we use build the soil, encourage healthy, nutritious plants and preserve the natural landscape. Our farm also uses season extension techniques to grow food all year long. With terms like "industrial organics" emerging and controversial debates about hydroponics continuing, we remain committed to practicing sustainable techniques that are based on hundreds of years of traditional farming.
Small, local farms offer a sense of community and lend integrity to the food we eat. It is important that there is conversation between the talented growers in our region and those that are enjoying the products raised on their farm. Whether it is a simple "hello" at a farmer's market, an exchange of recipes while picking up your CSA share, or a question about how the product was grown, this connection is not only appreciated but needed. It encourages curiosity and makes transparency much more attainable. The small, sustainable farmers have worked tirelessly to provide a product that is valuable and encourages health for members within our community. Your questions show an invested interest and promote the hard work of these talented farms. As Michael Pollan has been famously quoted as saying, "shake the hand that feeds you." We want to encourage everyone to find a small, local farm to connect with and discover how rewarding it is to know your farmer and know their farm.