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 :: Saturday, January 14 :: 11:02am
Hello Farm Friends! Happy Saturday!
Happy New Year from Brix -- and from us too! We hope your Holiday Season was delightful and that 2017 is off to a great start!
Here at Plum Granny Farm, we are looking ahead at the season, making our plans and dreaming our dreams. Unfortunately one of the humans here had a rocky start to the year with a flu that morphed into pneumonia but antibiotics are working their magic and hopefully we'll be full-steam ahead soon!
And how about that weather? Dealing with last weekend's deep freeze kept Ray running all over the farm to make sure that everything was tucked in, protected and warm. From the lambs to the cats to the donkey to the wells to the greenhouse to the strawberries, everything had to be battened down, insulated and heated. The cats weren't quite sure what to make of the space heater when it went into the house! And the lambs got to have their first snow-splattered meal of the year (they LIKE this weather!)
But yes, in true North Carolina winter fashion, we went from 4 degrees on Monday to 65 degrees on Thursday. Here's sunrise on Tuesday:
Compared with sunrise on Friday:
The beautiful icicles on the porch kept growing and growing (almost touching the porch floor) and tried to hold on as long as possible but they finally gave up on Wednesday afternoon.
But while the snow was short-lived, Ray decided to take advantage of it with a quick ski. The conditions were perfect powder -- much like the great snow we'd get when we lived in New Mexico. Although no turns were earned on the outing, it was a great chance to see the farm under the beautiful 8" blanket of fluff.
Since the snow was fluffy, we hoped that it would provide insulation and protection to the greens in the field that weren't covered. A thick layer of light snow is so much better than an icy, sleety slush for plants (and all else!) The strawberries had their winter blanket but we weren't able to cover the greens.
The snow did its magic. We just checked the kale, collards and other greens and we are happy to report that they look (and taste!) great!
Only one thing on the farm didn't make it --the water hydrant at Raz House blew (we had opened up the sides to let the frigid air in to help with our process of cleaning out the high tunnel). But Ray had an excellent helper as he replaced the hydrant.
That pretty much wraps things up here at the farm. We've missed being in touch and hearing from you -- but we are back on track for our weekly communiques! And it's time to get back the seed catalogs and spreadsheets for planning!
There are lots of special days to celebrate over the next several days starting with "Dress Up Your Pet Day" today to "Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day" on Tuesday. More importantly, let's celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday and honor his memory by doing something to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
Until next week,
Cheryl & Ray