Welcome to our farm.
Our family loves to have our hands in the dirt. Every one of us. We grew up on and around farms but never had one of our own until now. Our adventure is just starting. Read the blog to find out more. Stay tuned for how you can buy fresh produce from us.
How can we farm better?
These are things that drive me, Jackie. I am one of the J's in JFrans Farm. I want to make a difference in how we view agriculture and feed ourselves. I think that this of key importance in improving our lives and the health of the planet. My vision is to close the production cycle. Reduce waste, recycle energy and restore a natural balance to our environment. One change can shift a whole system. I know this happens for the good and the bad and I want to be an element for good.
Yeah it's pretty idealistic right now but this farm is an attempt to bring that idea into reality. In nature the "first responders" are annual plants (plants that only live for one growing year) and the majority of vegetables you buy are just that in our climate. That is why we started with a Community Supported Vegetable Box Program. The money generated from the "first responders" grew our first crop of vegetables and started us on this adventure. We have now bought our own piece of land that we will be able to plant and develop with the Permaculture Principles that are dear to my heart. Read the blog to hear about our adventures in permaculture farming.
Permaculture is a system of design with ethics and principles that help guide us in making decisions that create a sustainable lifestyle and ecosystem. A permaculture garden farm focuses on perennial plants. The perennial plants help to fix the soil and create a more diverse community of plants and animals for pest and disease control. This enables our farm to more closely mimic the ecosystems of the planet. The perennial plants take a little longer to establish and produce food. These include nuts and fruit trees, berries and herbs. As the system grows these crops are available year after year without having to replant. The diversity also creates some insurance so that if one crop fails there are other options. As for fixing the soil, well, all of these plants create waste that can go directly back to enriching the soil. The need for fertilizer is minimized. Crops are protected from pests because there is an array of predators attracted to a mixed planting. Also, our plan is to minimize tillage leaving the worms, bugs and bacteria to do the job they've been doing for millennia.