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, April 22 :: 8:49am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Happy Earth Day everyone! As organic farmers, every day is Earth Day to us -- each action that we take is done with the intent of protecting our planet and its resources. We try to be good stewards of the Earth with everything we do. And we know you care as well -- by supporting a small, local and Certified Organic farm, you are making a statement and contributing to the health of the planet. With your purchasing decisions, you take positive steps to reduce our impact on the Earth. We thank you for your support and Mother Earth thanks you as well!
The great news this week is that the strawberries have started coming in! They are coming in slowly but the crop is looking good (and tasting amazing!). We will have some at market this week and hope to have a pick-your-own event in early May. Watch this space! Or should I say, watch this busket!
Here's your educational moment for today: the berry pictured below is deformed due to inadequate pollination -- enough bees weren't able to get to the flower to ensure even movement of the pollen to the female parts of the flower. Honeybees are the most efficient pollinators of strawberry plants -- and in this case, they were likely closed out of the field when it was covered due to the cold weather a couple of weeks ago. So by covering the plants, we lost some berries by excluding pollinators. See how important bees are? But you knew that!
The week has been filled with lots of irrigation (it is amazingly dry for this time of year!), seeding, planting, harvesting and getting the shade cloth on the greenhouse. This is the earliest we have put shade on the greenhouse -- and it felt like we were running late in getting it covered! This spring got suddenly hot and it was really impacting the plants inside! We had conveniently forgotten about the huge hole in the fabric so Ray had to do some fancy needlework (using a twist-tie for a needle!) before we could get the building covered. Who says farmers aren't Jacks (and Jills) of all trades?
And lots of stuff is blooming -- from the lilacs to the fava beans to the blackberries!
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to our Open Greenhouse & Plant Sale! Wow! What a great day -- and we even got some news coverage!! Despite an overwhelming turnout, we still have lots of plants left and we'll be bringing them to market this week.
We'll be at Cobblestone Farmers Market in Old Salem (Saturday) and King Farmers Market at the Stokes Family YMCA (Wednesday) with lots of Certified Organic tastiness including spring garlic, purple and green asparagus (limited amounts), a limited supply of Organic & No-Spray Strawberries, swiss chard, kale, garlic powder and granules, Blackberry and Black Raspberry plants, tomato & herb transplants, and strawberry hanging baskets! And we will also have lovely irises and delectable jam! We hope to see you at Old Salem from 9-noon and King from 11-1.
Quick Schedule Update: We are postponing our Turmeric Workshop scheduled for May 1 to a later date (TBD). We will likely have a PYO that day instead.
Enjoy the Full Pink Moon which appeared at 1:24 a.m. today. It is the smallest Full Moon of the year, as the Earth and Moon move to their furthest points from each other.
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray