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 :: Monday, April 24 :: 4:07pm
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Friday!
Seeing that wonderful orb of sun on Wednesday was such a balm for the soul! I'm not sure I've ever been so happy to see sunshine! After 5.5 inches of rain since Saturday night, we (and the crops, and the animals) were quite delighted for a dry day! I know that our totals don't touch the larger rainfall amounts that others got. We heard reports of 8 inches and more. Our hearts and prayers go out to the farmers that are having to deal with that aftermath.
Despite all of the rain, we had a FANTASTIC turnout for the first day of our Open Greenhouse and Plant Sale! It was raining all afternoon and people just kept on coming! Thank you so much for your show of support (and fortitude!) We especially thank our wonderful volunteer, Annette Helsabeck for donning her rain jacket and boots to help us!
And we are doing it again THIS Sunday (4/30) from 1-5 p.m.! We have restocked our inventory and have LOTS of Certified Organic plants including many heirloom and hard-to-find plants! We've got tons of tomatoes (39 varieties), piles of peppers (sweet & hot -- 13 varieties), eggplant, herbs (21 varieties) as well as veggie transplants and dwarf sunflowers. You'll also find strawberry hanging baskets (everbearing - fruit all summer!) along with ginger and turmeric plants and some seed potatoes. To keep your plants healthy, we'll have a selection of our favorite organic soil amendments. We'll even have some fresh produce! The weather forecast looks pretty good for Sunday, so take a drive up to beautiful Stokes County!
Once things dried out some, we were chomping at the bit to plant! We got the first of the tomatoes in along with some kale in South and seeded the first succession of beans (bush and pole). We are updating our Demo Garden beds and planted the Salsa Garden yesterday.
Once the sun came out, evidence of future crops are emerging -- apples, snap peas, and peaches...morning glory, dock, sedge, bermuda grass, poison ivy,...
In last week's newsletter, I forgot to include a really cool photo of the queen cell from one of our top-bar hives. Ray recently split the hive and went back to check the status of the new queen in one of them. He found it! See the enlarged cell in the circle? That's the cell for the baby queen bee. Cool, huh?
The rain has done a number on our asparagus and strawberry production this week, so we will have less available. Despite that, we will still have lots of Certified Organic spring goodness including Spring Garlic, purple and green Asparagus, Salad Mix with Frissé and edible flowers, Swiss Chard (baby and full-size), Curly Vates Kale, our sweet and crunchy Cucumbers, Shallot Flowers, some strawberries, beautiful head lettuce (red and green), Pac Choi, Tat Soi and some Microgreens Mix along with garlic powder and granules and ginger powder! And don't forget the jam!
That's it for now! Today is Arbor Day which has been celebrated since 1872. It began in Nebraska, a largely treeless plain back in the 1800's. It is a day to plant and dedicate a tree to help nature and the environment. Millions of trees are planted on this day. Take a moment to appreciate your favorite tree or make plans to plant one.
The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today. ~African proverb
Until next week,
Cheryl and Ray