HOW WE CAME TO BE Hungry Soul Farm is a family owned and operated farm. In 2012 we were looking for something fun and productive to do as a family with the 22 acres we occupied. For 14 years we had been a hobby farm. We loved the land and all our animals. With my parents (Mike and Christine) looking toward retirement, we wanted something productive to come from our dedication to the farm. I thought back to the garden my parents kept as I was growing up and knew right away what our new adventure should be. For 2 years we planted about a half-acre of veggies. We plowed the dirt and nurtured the seeds. We waged war on all things weedy, cursed the drought in 2012 and cried in the rain of 2013. After all that we had more vegetables than we knew what to do with! All through the summer we enjoyed creating our daily meals around what we grew. Each season we canned our butts off and packed our freezers full of our beloved harvest. The joy we found in growing food for ourselves and our friends and family could not be matched. In 2014 we took the leap and established ourselves as a real farm! So there is my cliff notes version of our history. If you ever get the chance you can chat up the rest of the fam. and hear about theirs.
WHERE WE ARE GOING
In 2015 we, my husband Marcus and our son, moved into the farm house across the street from my parents farm. We are beyond blessed to be renting to own this amazing property. 86 acres stretches out behind us, filled with promise and dreams. Several out buildings offer us the space we need to meet our growing plans. Those plans include producing our own hay, growing several grains to feed our chickens, goats and horses, and most importantly moving a large portion of the vegetable operation. The soil quality is substantially better which will not only increase our yields, but will help reduce pest burden. We have also started a diverse berry patch, planted the beginning of our fruit orchard and add our first honey bee hives!
WHAT WE STAND FOR Better than organic - We have lots of goals at Hungry Soul Farm. The most important though includes producing amazing, quality vegetables in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. That starts with following certain practices. We never use pesticides or herbicides anywhere on our property. We create our own compost to help add nutrients to our soil and reduce fertilizer run off that is damaging to the surrounding ecosystem. We plant only NON-GMO seeds. If you have any questions about our practices please ask, we will talk your ear off.
Buy Local - We want to produce delicious food for our local community. By marketing to the local population we ensure our vegetables are picked and delivered quickly, often with in 24 hours. This results in the consumer getting higher quality vegetables that contain more vitamins and minerals and taste better than something that has been sitting for days, or even weeks. Local food also supports seasonal eating. We believe in the benefits of seasonal eating. By sourcing your food locally and within its season you are reducing energy used to transport food. This reduces oil consumption and CO2 emissions. You are also supporting your local economy, Thank you! This is smart for your pocket book too because you are not paying high premiums for food that came from a half a world away! Last but not least, local and seasonal eating helps us get back in touch with the natural growing seasons. Don’t eat the same things over and over! Your meals will explode with flavor if you open up your pallet. Have you every sautéed beets, they are amazing! What about curried cauliflower? We will even share recipes to help you.
Be nice - In addition to sustainable growing we believe in the humane treatment of all animals. How an animal lives is important. So, we are just going to say it, we are chicken crazy. We love them! They are sweet, funny and sometimes even mischievous. We believe they should be treated with kindness and love. They give us eggs and we make sure they are happy. That’s the deal. Our chickens are free range. In the summer they run around and eat bugs, grass, vegetables that we grow and are supplemented with whole grains we mix on our farm. In the winter we provide them with some variety of plant roughage, i.e. hay, sprouted barley fodder, veggie scraps, etc. and they are supplemented with a local chicken food. This summer we are planting our own grains and sunflowers and hope to produce what we need for the upcoming year! I will go as far to say, our chickens are the happiest around!
Don’t stop here – We love the process of growing organically but we don’t stop there. Our resources should be used efficiently and sustainably. For this reason we try to extend the organic mentality to all aspects of our farm. We recycle everything we can. It does not always make for the prettiest view but if we can reuse or re-purpose an item we will. It cuts down on what ends up in a landfill and reduces the overall tax on our environment. It can also be fun to be creative. What the heck are we going to do with those old glass shower doors? Stop by the farm and see!
Let’s share - Everyone should have accesses to organically grown produce. We know hardship comes in many forms and unexpectedly. If you are struggling to feed your family please don’t stay silent. Give us a call or send an e-mail. We would love to work out a deal with you.
Final thought – We are passionate about growing food. Every day we are working on the farm we revel in the process. We believe in small, well run farms. Hungry Soul Farm aims to create some positive change in the world through the way we produce our food.