Honeywood Farms is a diversified livestock and market garden operation that practices
wholistic sustainable farming practices rooted in deep ecological principals.
Our purpose is to produce nutrient dense whole food, free of chemicals, hormones, and genetically engineered organisms,
while building soil fertility, encouraging ecological biodiversity and educating others on the benefits of sustainable farming.
Our livestock is intensively grazed on open pasture to ensure fresh daily forages, and our produce is grown under
the strict OMRI guidelines for organic food production.
WHAT WE GROW
Fruits & Vegetables
Honeywood grows a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs in our market garden. From salad greens in the winter, to strawberries, brassicas, and asparagus in the spring, to squash, tomatoes, blueberries and peaches in the summer, we have fresh produce available during all 4 seasons. We sell all of our produce directly off the farm, either implementing it into our prepared meals, our seasonal cafe menu, or fresh out of the farm store.
Perennial and annual flowers add to the biodiversity of the farm. Not only do they add beauty and fragrance to the garden, but they also attract beneficial insects such as bee pollinators and predatory insects that feed on pests.
HOW WE GROW
In order to achieve our goal of sustainability, Honeywood has committed itself to reducing its off-farm fossil fuel based inputs as much as possible. This means incorporating farming techniques and systems that allow for self sustained nutrient cycling and fertility building. We accomplish this by:
We compost animal manures, wood chips, garden waste and kitchen scraps extensively. We either apply this compost directly to our beds, or we use it to brew compost teas which we apply to our soil and plants as a foliar spray. Good compost provides essential bacterial microbes that deliver nutrients to plants while also helping to build valuable organic matter in the soil.
All garden beds not being utilized for market production are planted with a cover crop (or green manure) to protect the soil from erosion, fix precious nitrogen, scavenge excess nutrients and add valuable organic matter to the soil when incorporated. Various combinations of grasses and legumes are used throughout the season to build soil structure and fertility for future crops.
Mulching is a very effective way to maintain healthy soils and greatly reduce the need for weeding. Mulching also helps the soil retain moisture which reduces irrigation requirements and adds more valuable organic matter as it decomposes over the course of the season