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, January 23 :: 1:52pm
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Looking out the window on this cold, bleak, rainy day, it's hard to believe how incredibly nice the weather has been this week. But it was truly wonderful and enabled us to get a lot of things done around the farm. Lots of pictures today!
The strawberries needed our attention. There was weeding and mulching to be done. Then we got them covered with a nice snug field blanket. We had been resisting getting one of these blankets because of the cost but finally found a good price from an NC dealer. These blankets are huge -- 26' wide and we cut ours to 149' long. It covers all of the field except for one row! The blanket is on just one of the two fields -- we are debating if we want to conduct an experiment between the two fields (intervention and control) or cover both.... We'll let you know!
The asparagus beds were also mowed this week. We mow them with the sickle bar and then rake out all the debris for burning. Burning the debris off-site helps control pests and diseases that might have been harbored in the foliage. After this step, we begin the labor intensive process of hand weeding the beds. Since we are organic, we don't use herbicides like most farms do -- it's very slow, tedious work but we think you appreciate having asparagus without a side of chemicals!
It sure seems that we are either taking things off of our fields or putting things on them, doesn't it?! I promised last week to show you how we roll out big round hay bales over the artichoke beds -- I found the photo on Ray's phone!
One other major task that got done this week was installing the water line to the hoophouse. Trying to water the hoophouse was a major chore so we were able to hook up a line from one of our wells to go to a frost-free hydrant inside the building. We rented a trencher and got 'er done! Take a look:
Don't forget to mark your calendar for our Valentine's Day Event on Saturday, February 14 from 10-2! We are getting our paperwhite narcissus and other things all ready for you!
We hope you celebrate National Pie Day today! Chocolate, lemon, pecan, chicken -- whatever your choice! After enjoying a nice slice of pie, you could just curl up in a nice warm place, and take a nap -- like Ajo!
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray