"The earth gives us food to nourish our bodies, and we prepare the food with love to feed our souls and we serve it with compassion to make us whole." -Le Tresor Pistoulet

Country Gal’s Farm

Country Gal’s Farm

We live in a world that is fast-paced and stress-filled. We are so busy that we often don’t take the time to eat right, get enough sleep or relax our overstimulated minds. The food we consume comes from large corporate systems, is highly processed, genetically altered or raised with harmful chemicals. We have allowed the values we place on our nutrition to be skewed and unfortunately because of all of these things, our health is being affected. Here at Country Gal and Country Gal’s Farm we believe in doing things the old-fashioned way; in working with nature cooperatively and in preparing food lovingly. Our products are produced with personal attention and care. Country Gal and Country Gal’s Farm are more than the products we sell – we offer peace of mind, a feeling of warmth and hopefully a moment to relax and reflect during a busy week!

Live well, Eat Smart, Eat Local and Eat Green”

Country Gal’s farm is a work in progress.  Purchased in 2011, the 38- acre parcel of land, which has been conventionally farmed for years, is relatively flat and open.  The goal for this “ground” is to develop it into a completely or near-completely sustainable farm.  The diagram below depicts the long-term plan for the farm.

Our goal will take some time to achieve, but we are content to start small and grow.  We will be starting with vegetables and melons and move into fruits as our berry bushes and orchard develop.  Our produce will be grown with sustainable and natural best practices, placing great value on soil fertility and an integrated and healthy growing environment.  We want to grow produce that is delicious and contains maximum nutrient value, without the use of harmful chemicals.

We sell our produce through a harvest share program.   Learn more…

What does sustainable mean?

When you grow a plant, that plant takes certain nutrients and minerals out of the soil for its production.  Sustainable farming is all about replacing those nutrients and minerals through a series of practices such as crop rotation, cover crops/green manures, spreading animal manures, mulching and natural pest management.  Soils must be nourished and nutrients and minerals replaced.  These farming practices are not new – our ancestors used the same or similar farming methods for centuries.

The change came when people stopped growing their own food and moved to the cities.  The desire for cheaper products that were available all year round arose and industrial/corporate farms were born.  So, what’s the problem with industrial farming?  Well, politically speaking, having just a few companies producing food creates lopsided legislation geared towards the wants and needs of the large industrial grower; environmentally speaking the damages are many – the loss of topsoil, the introduction of harmful chemicals into our ecosystem and the degradation of our soils and waters; and the most personal is the impact of all the chemicals and the lack of nutrients to our bodies.

(For purposes here, this explanation is very simplified – if you would like to learn more, check out our resources page.)

Why is this important?

Different things are important to different people.   But, we feel that if consumers understood how their food was produced and its’ impact on their bodies they would reconsider the choices that they are making.  Healthy foods and a healthy environment are important to us at Country Gal.  We are living longer today, because of advances in the treatment of acute infections, but degenerative diseases are on the rise with our current lifestyles.  These dis-eases (as I like to refer to them) are not only afflicting older folks anymore – our young people are being affected as well.  We, as consumers must start educating ourselves, make changes to our perceptions, our diets and our lifestyles if we want to live healthier and feel better.  Eating more nutritious food is a step in the right direction.

How can you get our products?

We will be selling our products through a CSA, which may or may not be a familiar concept to you.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is essentially a “harvest share program.” By joining our CSA, you will be paying for and receiving a share of the farm’s harvest.  Each week throughout the growing season, you will receive a box of produce that has been picked at its peak with respect to flavor and nutritional value.

Being part of a CSA is about more than the delicious vegetables and fruits you receive.  It is about supporting your local community farmers; it’s about doing something good for the environment that you live in and it’s about doing something good for yourself.

Read more information on CSA’s, or to learn how you can get involved in our CSA.

 

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