We're glad you stopped by for a (virtual) visit to our farm and to see what we are up to these days.
Plum Granny Farm is a USDA Certified Organic small family farm located in the north central piedmont area of North Carolina. The farm is set on 54 beautiful acres of rolling countryside just south of Hanging Rock State Park in the Capella community.
We are building on our heritage as a NC Century Farm, as the farm has been in the Ferguson family for over 140 years. We grow raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, garlic, ginger, specialty veggies, herbs and cut flowers.
Although full-time farming is fairly new to us, we both have deep connections to our farming heritage. Cheryl grew up on this farm and her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all practiced the art of cultivation on this soil. Ray has his farming roots in Kansas where his mother grew up amid some of the most beautiful soil that has ever been seen.
Our approach to farming is to nurture the soil and the land to return it to its optimal state. Building the soil with cover crops, compost and manure will help us produce better, healthier crops and is an essential part of our sustainability.
We hope you'll stop by frequently to check out our blog and check on the crops. Our website will continue to grow and develop just as our farm continues to do. So join us in our adventure!
Here's to good growing and good eating!
Cheryl & Ray
Photo: Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal
Posted by Cheryl :: Saturday, February 18 :: 5:33pm
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Saturday!
The sounds and sights of spring are everywhere! The peepers have been singing away down at the pond for about 3 weeks now (crazy early!), the plumage of the male goldfinch is getting much more yellow and the daffodils are starting to pop up alongside the crocuses. And these warm, warm days are divine!
In addition to the peepers and the other sounds of spring (unfortunate ones like the sound of loud, high-pitched motorbikes flying by the farm), we have some new sounds to enjoy -- the melodious mooing of a cow! Yes, we have finally gotten another cow and bovine love is back at Plum Granny Farm! We have been without a cow since Yam died 5 years ago. We have been wanting to get another but could never find what we were looking for. Cheryl had her heart set on a Jersey heifer (preferably a bottle baby) but they were hard find. Thanks to Cheryl's cousin, we were able to locate a Jersey that needed a new home.
Annabelle is a 4 year-old Jersey (probably with some Guernsey in the mix) from Angier, NC. She was hand-raised by a young woman who is now almost ready to graduate from college and doesn't have enough time for a cow. They wanted Annabelle to have a home where she would be able to live without a threat of ending up on a dinner plate. Plum Granny Farm seemed like a good match.
Thanks to Brad, our great neighbor with a kind heart (and a big truck and trailer), we headed down yesterday to pick her up. Once we saw how big she is, Brad was glad that he brought his larger trailer. She's a big girl!
After a safe trip back to Stokes County, Annabelle got to see her new home. She seemed to accept it right away -- but we are giving her and Brix an adjustment period so that Brix doesn't view her as an intruder to be chased off. We'll be opening up the pasture later this week.
So next time you are in the area, stop and say hello to Annabelle!
It hasn't been all cows and flowers this week -- lots of stuff got done! Chris, Jonny and Ray tackled the bank along Highway 66 to clear the tangle of briars, vines, trees and trash that had accumulated over 4 years. It was a mess -- but now it looks great! No task too big for 3 hard-working guys with a chainsaw, loppers, hedge trimmer, weedeater and protective gear!
And it's that time again! Some of our ginger and turmeric order arrived this week. Here's what 5 1/2 feet of Aloha looks like! We'll be getting about this much more in a couple of weeks. Pre-sprout starts tomorrow, harvest starts in late September!
We've had a great response to our subscription program, PlumFresh so far. Thanks so much to so many of you who have already signed up! We are likely to sell out of our slots soon -- so make sure you get your registration in. For more information about the program, please click here.
Have a great weekend -- a long President's Day weekend for many of you. And don't forget to give you pet a special treat and hug on Monday for "Love Your Pet Day."
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray