Our Philosophy & Vision
We believe in no magic formulas, just encourage life everywhere we can. We fertilize most heavily with the farmer's footsteps, keeping our operation diverse and simple. We try to give service and value to our customers and to stay humble enough to change.
A few years ago we became acquainted with the writings of Louis Bromfield. One could call him one of the fathers of the organic and sustainable agriculture movements. A Pulitzer prize winner in fiction in the '20's, he returned from long residence in Europe in the 1930's to the family farm and wrote extensively about farming into the 1950's. So much of what he says is as current as the day it was written. Eg. "…booms must always be paid for one way or another at some time by someone; in the long run there is never any such thing as a “quick buck”. Someone, perhaps a son or a granddaughter or a child unborn, will have to pay. We are already leaving a vast burden to future generation which will have no Eldorado to plunder as we have had. …These disasters today seem far away. All of us alive today may be dead long before the first symptoms appear, so perhaps none of it matters; but if one has any real morality or genuine religious feeling and faith, as so many of us keep asserting loudly, we are hypocrites, for there is no worse sin in the eyes of God than stealing the heritage of children as yet unborn." We hope we are planning adequately for the future and making the sacrifices which that might require. Cooperation in loving the children will be the key.
One of the best current writers on the state of the food system in the U.S. is Michael Pollan. In a recent book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, he tells the tale of four meals--where the food came from, how it was produced, and how it got to his table. After going to incredible lengths to personally hunt and gather his last meal from the wild, he shares the food and conversation with the friends who helped him. Then he concludes the book with a most amazing paragraph:
"This is not the way I want to eat every day. I like to be able to open a can of stock and I like to talk about politics, or the movies, at the dinner table sometimes instead of food. But imagine for a moment if we once again knew, strictly as a matter of course, these few unremarkable things: What it is we're eating. Where it came from. How it found its way to our table. And what, in a true accounting, it really cost. We could then talk about some other things at dinner. For we would no longer need any reminding that however we choose to feed ourselves, we eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and what we're eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world."
We hope that you have a thousand wonderful conversations around your dinner table as you eat our food which you know all these things about.