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BLOG: Real Food for Harford County

Bringing farmers and consumers together in hopes of fostering a new relationship in our community in which fresh, unprocessed, local food becomes the norm and not the exception.

The goal has always been simple and well defined from the start.

We set out a couple of years ago to heal our land, make it profitable and produce food that was of a standard unseen by many in Harford County. Along with the simplicity of the plan is the simplicity of the production model and operational concept.

By fundamentally understanding the land, the animals and their interaction with one another, we set out to mimic these natural interactions in our production model while keeping sustainability a priority. That meant a few key aspects would define our farm and set us apart from many food production models in this country today. Simply put, the herbivores would be allowed to be herbivores and the omnivores would be allowed to be omnivores.

This means that our cattle would eat nothing but grass, never any grain other than the seeds that they find from the grasses in the field. Furthermore, the chickens would be kept outside to follow the cattle just as the birds followed the migrating bison years ago across the plains.

By understanding and successfully implementing these simple concepts, one is able to produce, and make available to the community, the best tasting, safest and highest quality eggs, poultry and beef. Now, that’s not to say that the job is done, this could not be further from the truth. Everyday we must continue to educate ourselves on the model that we follow and constantly reassess the validity, sustainability, shortcomings, and successes of it all. 

I am by no means an expert in the field of creating and promoting a permaculture on the farm with the biodiversity, sustainability, functionality and profitability that we are aiming for. What I intend to do, is to share our experiences along the way as well as relay any and all knowledge and information that I have collected on these topics. It is also our intention to provide outlets and connections to bring farmers and consumers together in hopes of fostering a new relationship in our community in which fresh, unprocessed, local food straight from the farmer becomes the norm and not the exception.  

I want to encourage everyone who reads to get involved. Tell everyone where you go to get your local food, provide insights on your local food experiences, ask any questions you have about the local food concept in Harford County, and the list of possibilities goes on. So speak up, we want to hear from everyone!

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Nick Bailey February 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Ha, that's great! I would like to get a pretty solid, user friendly list together of local outlets for the community to use. I will certainly be in touch with you for links and other information. Thanks for your support, cavernicola.
MKZ February 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I agree with Karl! We did CSA for the first time last year and it was great, the only downside is the pick up. We commute from Baltimore as well and it's definitely tough getting to the farm in time to pick everything up, not to mention you're the last one to pick from the basket. I would LOVE it if CSAs could be picked at the Saturday market!!
Nick Bailey February 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Thanks for your perspective MKZ. This sounds like a popular option for farmers to consider. Talk to your CSA organizer and pitch the idea!
Karl Schuub February 22, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Not to mention...if you had a handful or more people added to the crowds at the Saturday market; that basket could turn into fresh eggs from another vendor, or flowers, or even though I know I shouldn't a home baked peach pie!!
Kevin W. Johnson March 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Great Article.

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