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 Ferguson :: Friday, February 5 :: 1:13pm
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
I sure missed chatting with you all last week! Yes, I know it's my fault. Just to set the record straight, we didn't sneak off to the Caribbean last week for fun and sun -- it was something even more special!
We were honored to be sponsored to attend one of the premier agriculture conferences in the country, the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference in Lexington, KY! Thanks to the generosity of Houck and K.B. Medford, a dynamic duo from Winston-Salem, Cheryl was able to attend this amazing conference. Houck Medford is a documentary photographer and film maker, and we met them as part of a documentary series they are doing, "The Organics: Hands and Heart." Their passion is to "celebrate the uncelebrated." They personally invest in individuals who they think will make a difference in their lifetime -- we were honored to be considered worthy of their choice and investment!
The conference was an amazing learning opportunity! I visited the University of Kentucky Organic Student Farm, attended lots of workshops on everything from soil to tomatoes, met some fantastic farmers, heard Wendell Berry speak for the first time, learned how to fix our walk-behind tractor (and had serious equipment envy) and got to hang out with some great folks from NC like Mary Jac Brennan from the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Office. Here are a few photos from the conference:
Back on the farm, it's been a busy week. The week started with having our truck towed since it wouldn't start (battery terminals not the starter as we thought - good news for the budget!).
We keep tweaking the plastic on the greenhouse to make sure that there is adequate inflation between the two layers of plastic for better insulation.
Lots of activity in the planting and harvesting arena as well. All of the turmeric has been harvested and more seeds are in trays. The onions are starting to pop -- we are well on our way to having an onion forest!
A big undertaking this week has to begin the interior demolition of the Star, the building where we are building the Capella Community Kitchen. We got a dumpster and have nearly filled it with boards, ceiling tiles and the like -- the good news is that we are able to salvage a lot of the materials for other projects!
Valentines Market is Next Saturday!
And finally, don't forget that next Saturday (2/13) is our Valentines Holiday Market from 10-2. We have four vendor joining us: Chad's Chai and Tea Company (he was a huge hit on Small Business Saturday!), Greenberries Farm, Mystic Wolf's Den (formerly MW Herbs) and Steve's Pralines. You'll find lots of treats for your sweetie!
Enjoy the nice weather -- hopefully no more rain for a while (got 1.2 inches on Wednesday!) And our crocuses are hinting that Spring is on the way.
Cheryl & Ray