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 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
Posted by Cheryl Ferguson :: Friday, March 7 :: 6:11pm
Happy Friday, Farm Friends!
Another day, another...snow?? Sheesh! I guess March really did roar in like a lion with 2 winter storms this week. I love winter as much as the next person (probably more than most, actually!) but this is starting to really get old! I am taking comfort in the fact that tomorrow and most of next week that the temperatures are supposed to be in the 60s! Time to get those peas, radishes and onions in the ground!!
We did take advantage of the 2 semi-decent days this week to get the rest of the blackberries pruned. Here's Chris and Elliot showing off their handiwork!
While we were in the blackberries, we gathered LOTS of volunteer Triple Crown blackberry and black raspberry volunteers. These will be potted up and available for sale this spring!
Speaking of spring sales, mark your calendars for April 26 and 27! We'll have our first Plum Granny Farm Spring Open Greenhouse event those days! You'll be able to get certified organic transplants of tomatoes, peppers, herbs as well as a variety of fresh spring greens (Kale, lettuce and more!) We'll be sending out more information but we wanted you to get those dates on your calendar!
And even though spring feels light years away right now, our friends, the bees, let us know that it is just around the corner. Check out this great picture that Ray caught -- notice the yellow balls on the bees' legs? That's pollen! Bees gather pollen from flowers for their protein. Flowers this time of year? They must be gathering pollen from some early maple trees! There is hope for Spring and some strong hives!
Talk to you next week. Think warm and dry weather!!
Cheryl & Ray