Ferris Family Farm
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The Ferris family has owned its farm near Lascassas since the early 1960s. Previously the land had been used to grow corn. We built our home, had a family garden and raised free-range beef. For years the land has lain fallow, used only to grow hay. During all these years, it has not received synthetic fertilizers.
Looking forward to the summer of 2017, we plan on offering at least 9 varieties of sweet and hot peppers, 3 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, watermelon, 3 varieties of eggplant, snow peas, green beans, edemame beans, carrots, beets, and garlic, in addition to the wide selection of culinary herbs and the bamboo stakes and poles we have available year-round. Our winter garden this season included 3 varieties of kale, turnip greens, collards, spinach, sorrel, swiss chard, arugula, and red mustard greens. You can also check us out on Facebook for more photos and information.
In August of 2011 our son Ken began tilling the back hayfield to plant a farm that is free of harmful chemicals. We planted a variety of heirloom seeds for fall vegetables, including turnips, radishes, beets, cabbage, bok choy and a variety of greens. No GMOs. Most of these over-wintered. They were sprayed only with our home-made organic pesticide or with purchased natural mixtures (soap or soy based) for organic gardeners, non-harmful to consumers or environment.
After the severe drought of 2011, we modified our operations by building raised beds that would have better access to water. Our set-up currently includes 7 large beds where we grow greens during the winter, using heavy blankets to protect the plants from the cold, a small greenhouse, and over 40 large planter containers. This winter our greens have survived minus 2 degrees F. We continue to grow everything using organic methods, although we are not USDA certified.