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 27 :: 11:48am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Another week of the fluffy white stuff! Well, at least some of the time it has been fluffy! The snow is always pretty as it coats everything and hides many of the imperfections of the landscape. And it is nice if you can sit back and enjoy the beauty - at least for a few minutes!
This week has been a bit choppy because of several events. On Monday, we headed down to Kannapolis to the NC Research Campus for the Piedmont Grown Annual Business Conference. Cheryl was this year's conference chair and it was gratifying to see over 100 people from across the 37-county Piedmont region learn about making their farms and food businesses more successful.
Another thing we had going this week was closing on a new addition to the farm. We purchased the old service station just across from the log tobacco barn and have all kinds of plans for this building over the next few years. Stay tuned to learn more about the developments! It's exciting!!!
So now we are back to the planning and seeding that are so important in February. We have lots of plans for events on the farm this year. Our next big one will be our annual Greenhouse Day on Sunday, April 26. We will have many more plants than last year along with other garden products.
And while you have your calendars out, please note that the opening day for the Cobblestone Old Salem Farmers Market will be on April 18 and the King Farmers Market will open on April 22. They are just around the corner!
And on the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (2/27/1807), here is a bit of his poem, "Woods in Winter"
But still wild music is abroad,
Pale, desert woods! within your crowd;
And gathering winds, in hoarse accord,
Amid the vocal reeds pipe loud.
Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long.
Yes, the birds are singing and the daylight lingers longer. Keep the faith -- Spring is a mere 3 weeks away.
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray