How We Grow

Starting a small farm was never our first intention, but somehow we ended up on this path to discovering where our food came from. We did not realize that our food would soon come from us! One thing that was always certain when we planted the first seeds in our little homestead garden in 2017 was that we wanted to be sustainable in many ways. We were interested in growing organic seeds into organic produce, in creating a landscape of biodiversity and a culture surrounding our growth that planned for the future.

Our produce and cut flowers are grown with organic practices and sustainability in mind. What does this mean? Organic differs from conventional farming in many ways, but the most important one is that we believe the soil is a living part of the farm. It needs to be nourished, favored, and cared for above all. Without healthy soil you cannot grow healthy vegetables! 

Our vegetables, fruits, and flowers are not sprayed with pesticides, and we try our hardest to use mechanical techniques like hand-picking, weeding, hand tools, row covers, weed barriers, and flame weeding to deal with potential issues like insect pests or plant diseases. We apply compost in the spring and late summer to return nutrients to the soil as well as growing cover crops in the autumn to act as green manure for spring plantings.

All of our produce is started from seed right here at the farm. We do not import plants or transplants because we want authentic, organic produce. Our flowers are never imported and always grown in our home soil.  

At this time, we are not certified organic, and we are not sure if we want to become so in the future. Why? Because that would not only raise our prices due to fees paid by us, but a label does not truly tell you what is happening with your food. We believe that getting to know your farmer and seeing for yourself what is happening on the farm is the best way to know exactly what kind of product you are purchasing! We currently practice all organic guidelines posed by the USDA. We also try to look into more regenerative ways of farming under the permaculture guidelines such as using locally produced soil amendments and fertilizers, planting around the future of our farm, rotating crops, planting cover crop, and sharing our bounty with our animals. 

 
 

our flowers

We currently grow about 1/4 acre of cut flowers and plan to move into a larger production by the spring of 2019. Our cut flowers come in shades of warmth, something that we believe embodies our brand and makes for a beautifully neutral and happy mix of blooms for bouquets. Our flowers are currently sold on the farm and at local farmer's markets in the surrounding area.

We grow many varieties and are always looking to expand. Currently you will see flowers such as sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias, gladiolus, snapdragons, lupine, cornflower, foxglove, hollyhocks, peonies, calendula, ornamental cabbage, and more when in season.


our vegetables

Our produce is grown amongst our cut flowers on our 2 acre plot. We grow a diverse variety of seasonal vegetables. They are grown out in the sunshine and all plants are started from seed by us - we do not supplement with transplants! 

At this time we do not have a high tunnel greenhouse to produce out of season veggies, so everything that we sell is grown in season during the time of year that suits that particular vegetable or fruit best. We pick at peak ripeness and make sure that all produce sold to our customers is perfectly fresh. The garden is supplemented with green manure and compost during the spring and fall. We use weed barrier fabric to control weeds and provide sanitation as well as the use of organic straw for mulch.

During the season you will find produce such as carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, salad greens, spinach, arugula, Asian greens, peas, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, eggplant, squash, herbs, peppers, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, apples, kale, and cabbage. These are just a few things that we grow!


enjoy our produce

We take such pride in growing delicious, healthy vegetables (and flowers, too) that we want to share them with you! 

If you are looking to enjoy Under A Tin Roof Farm's fresh produce and cut flowers there are a few options for you to check out:

The best way to enjoy our vegetables and flowers is through our CSA program, which runs spring through autumn every year.