Friday, August 9, 2013

Controlling Harmful Insect Populations at Heritage Organic Farm

  As an organic farm, we take advantage of every natural opportunity to control harmful insect populations. Here you see a picture of one of them. Flowers attract beneficial insects to come in and destroy harmful insects. It is all a part of God's wonderful plan.

We have been farmscaping for many years. It is good that zennias and sunflowers like plenty of water. We have had a super rainy season!

Other ways of controlling harmful insects are to hand pick them off of the plant, to keep a clean garden, to not give them a place to hide and reproduce, and to spray when necessary with an organic spray such as soap, hot pepper, etc.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Harvest Day 2013

Harvest Day at the farm was fabulous. We started the morning at 9 a.m. and were blessed with a beautiful sunny (but not too hot) June day. One of our volunteers Sonam who just graduated with a Pre-Med degree, brought her two brothers to help us navigate the parking in the mowed pasture. Charlotte and William did a great job greeting everyone at the information booth. They signed in over 100 guests. I met some wonderful families and saw some old friends. I even had a niece and her two children from Colorado fly in to visit us.

It was no surprise to see the children gravitate toward the chicken petting area and then soon after, thanks to John Andrews our tractor operator, the families took hayrides from the farm to my neighbor’s place to see his cows. They even got to see a baby calf, how exciting!

Michael, our multitalented local farmer/musician provided lovely music for all and he brought beautiful produce from his organic farm for purchase. Our gardens were open for harvesting. Carie Olsen who has been with us for six years and who is a natural at making things grow, assisted everyone in the fields. We had cucumbers, corn, green beans and peas, squash, zucchini, eggplant, rosemary and basil ready for picking. Thank you to Ann and Sonam for assisting customers with weighing and packaging the harvested produce.   Actually we had almost all of the Olsen family here that day. Carie’s three daughters Ana, Kera, and Maia handed out complimentary organic lemonade and apples to help keep everyone cool.

 Our guest speakers were the highlight of the day. Laura brought an actual working beehive and she and Hal Ward gave such an interesting and engaging talk on the habits and instinctual behaviors of honey bees. 

 My sister Pat discussed the science of vermiculture which is composting with worms. She provided a live exhibit, a worm box that generates worm tea. Worm tea is a rich natural fertilizer and our plants at the farm love it! 

Trey Lemon who is studying to be a biologist and also works at the farm part time, explained to our guests our latest composting and mulching venture with Gulfstream. Every Friday Trey collects several five-gallon buckets of Gulfstream’s coffee grounds that are a waste product from their employee cafeterias. We use the coffee grounds in our compost and also as mulch to control the weeds. We are still in the discovery phase of this project but are keeping our fingers crossed that we can recycle waste from our community and at the same time improve the health of our soil.
It sure was nice to have an excuse to set aside the gloves and hoe for a while to have such nice folks visit us. I wish all our box members could have been here. I personally want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate this special day.
My many thanks,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hoop House Addition

The construction of our third hoop house shown here on the far right was completed this week.With this third house, crop rotation will be a whiz. The beautiful flowers in the forefront are buckwheat. This cover crop helps to supply organic matter to the soil, reduce weeds, and makes our bees extremely happy.   

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Honoring the Old Days

Our farm was invited to participate in the 150th Anniversary of Confederate Camp Davis near Guyton. We were to represent a farm stand with produce typical of food grown on farms in the 1860's. This was such a fun way to relive the past while honoring the soldiers of the Civil War. Shirley and Pat dressed up for the occasion and made it all the more festive!

Don't forget about Harvest Day this Saturday June 9th, 9AM-1PM! Come out and picks some fresh organic veggies to share with your family and friends! We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Harvest Day and more!

Heritage Organic Farm's annual harvest day will be held this Saturday, June 9th 9:00AM - 1:00PM! The corn and beans should be ready for pickin' and maybe even some peas, radishes, squash and tomatoes too. Anything you pick yourself is half price! Bring your friends and family if you like just please let us know how many are coming. RSVP to

Recently appointed South Carolina rep, Mary Lynn Peacher, shown here at the Sun City Health Fair presenting Heritage's organic box program has ramped up our SC business by displaying our logo on the side of her car as she rides around town! Thank you Mary Lynn for all the wonderful support!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Weeds, weeds, go away!

What's going on at the farm is lots and lots of weeding!
Weeding corn now...harvesting corn in June!

Also, the girls have a new home now. They are upscaling to a much larger chicken tractor and they love it!!
 Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Composting Galore

 Heritage Organic Box Member, Ann Marie Roy, saves items (organic veggie scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc.) to put in the compost piles at the farm.
If you don't use your compostable items - please bring them to us! Please - no fruit, oil or meat. Thanks!
Every little bit helps!
Have a healthy, happy week!!