The art of growing, of partnering with nature, of being self sufficient and having basic skills have been all but forgotten since the introduction and reliance on quick fixes, the “replace it” vs. “fix it” mentality, and bags and bottles of amendments.
Our farm experiments constantly with ideas, installations and things that we believe just make sense. The results, both amazing successes and epic failures, bring us another step closer to new (old?) discoveries. Observation and experimentation are as important to us as succeeding as farmers.
From Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education)
Read our stories to learn about our trials and tribulations. And for those who try some of these ideas on their own soil, please keep us posted.
Cricket’s Cove Farm & Forge is in south central Virginia.
Our annual temperature ranges from 100+ degrees to -12 degrees.
Our average humidity is 68%; summer humidity is easily in the 80%+ range.
We have 54" annual rainfall, concentrated in spring and fall, often gifting us 6"+ in a 24-hour period.
Late summer is brutally hot, excessively humid and with little to no rainfall.
Our soil was initially compacted red clay, saturated with crystal rock, with less than 1" of topsoil.
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