Moss Hill Farm is a Biodynamic organically permaculture “Certified Natural Grown” market farm located in urbanville Milton in North Fulton at 13230 Freemanville Road about 1/2 mile north of Milton High School. It is about 1+ acre of intense close companion planting. I use the mulched, top 3" till, organic, bio-dynamic, co-creating methods of raising healthy, flavorful, wholesome vegetables and herbs. Moss Hill commitment to natural farming practices means NO synthetic products are used, including fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are used on any of the vegetables. This is a "drug-free", chemical-free farm! The organic status (not government certified) is the customer's assurance that there will be NO Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Sewage Sludge, or Irradiation used in the production of these agricultural food products. I have tried to get as close to the way God grows things as anyone can, to produce these vegetables. I honor our environment!
This year’s addition:
Our main mission is to grow healthy nutritious whole food for a certain number of families using the CSA method. This frees us up to devote our full time to ensuring as much as possible a fair amount of food for 36 weeks of the year. This provides for the tools, nutrition for the soil, people who help manage, seeds, transplants, improvements, and supports the Keisler's. This year several ‘improvements’ were made.
We have been constantly improving our composting using horse and cow manure (a little gerbil), granite dust, rock phosphate, lime, top soil, sand, leaves, weeds, kitchen wastes, and plants from the field. Biodynamic preparations 500-508, BC, and Compost Starter are used on a consistent plan to bring Nature's forces into our labor. This is our fertilizer, pest and disease management, weed management, and furry animal management. Balance is pursued not elimination. Bad insects are needed to feed the Beneficial's. Weeds educate on what we need to do to help the soil. Critters bring a balanced life force, but we still put up an electric fence to keep the deer discouraged from coming into the field.
Steps are being taken to be gentler on our soil. There is less tilling because it beats the soil, there are more hand tools to work with the soil, push plows to mix in the compost, broad forking to keep the tilth in place and provide extra oxygen for the microbes and earth animals.
There are 20 additional varieties added to the diversity of food, this makes close to 75 total we plan on growing. Strawberries and blackberries will be added this year as our first attempt to growing this fruit.
Michele Gillman has agreed to help in the sales and marketing, gathering, weeding, broad forking, etc :) again this year. She will also be preparing a different food each week for you to sample during the Wednesday pickup. We want you to use the food and feel this will help you be creative in using it all. My grand-daughter, Heather, will be working with us on Wednesday again this year. She is my 'favorite'.
We are expanding the flower and herb sections, still offering some 'Pick your Own' but will have some flower and herb bouquets.
This year’s offer is a four season CSA’s with a limited supply of surplus vegetables offered for sale through the INTERNET. You can send us your email address to be added or just do it from this site. The seasons I am offering are:
1. Spring shares from April 9th to Mid-May for 6 weeks.
2. Summer shares from mid-May to mid August for a total of 12 weeks.
3. Fall shares from mid-August to end of October for 12 weeks.
4. Winter shares from November to 1st week of December for 6 weeks.
Each share will normally supplement a family of four.... two adults (teens have adult appetites), and two small children, to compliment your family meals for the week. OR If yours is a vegetarian home, the amount is usually sufficient for one to two, depending on your unique eating habits. You will be able to modify the amounts by ordering extras if you feel you need it.
The vegetables are cleaned, then immediately taken to the walk in cooler to keep the just picked vegetables as fresh as possible. Most of the time you will be receiving the vegetables that were picked that day.
My guarantee is that if you ever use anything from my farm that you do not 100% agree is the most flavorful and fresh, I will refund your purchase for whatever reason. Some of it will be ugly and not perfect like you see in the commercial stores, but they will not be able to compete with the nutrition and flavor. Some of it will look perfect like in the store, except these will have all the nutients and vitamins. Is that fair enough?
Co-Creating with Nature:
Finding out how God does things and following His ways. At the farm, we plan, plant and manage the growth of our crops in succession so we won't run out. There are times that in spite of all the dedication and prayers, we still mess up with schedules and best intentions. Nature always rules, this past winter is an example. No matter what plans could have been in place it would still have been major storm. When this happens there may be less of some crops. Our dedicated members understand the natural processes we work with. Since we replant at regular intervals during the season, what may be lacking one week will show up in future offers. This past year was an abundant year and the members had more than ever before. There were concerns that they had too much, what a great opportunity.
Visits to Moss Hill and Event Days:
Members are welcome to visit the farm at almost any time -- BY APPOINTMENT! Since I am not always here (I do have other off-farm chores and activities, some things have to be done on a timely manner) I encourage you to CALL AHEAD! We also hold volunteer work & fun days, encouraging members to get involved. Hands-on classes are offered at least once a season covering the various aspects of biodynamical naturally grown gardening located at the farm. I strongly urge you to do the garden tour before becoming a customer. I would love to show you the process that your food will be grown, it takes about 30 minutes.
I plant cover crops (green manure), horse manure that is various stages of composting, rotate our vegetable plant locations, and use only natural minerals, compost, herbal, and other organic preparations. I say I do the 3 inch mechanical tilling, but I do have thousands of tillers at work in the soil. These workers are the lowly earthworms; you can go to any place in my garden and find 1000’s of them. We use a hand broad fork to help aerate the soil for the microbes.
We introduce and encourage habitat for beneficial insects, birds, bats, and other creatures that prey upon unwanted insects. We are not insect free, in fact there is an abundance of good and bad insects. You will notice the wooded habitat around the garden and numerous birdhouses to attract the birds. Frogs are numerous because of the pond, and spiders help control the flying insects. The wasps help control the larva. The ants help aerate the soil, eat little critters, help house fungi, and clean up dead critters. We do not spray them with anything but seek to develop a balance. We do occasionally encourage them to go to a different place.
No matter what I do, there seems to always be weeds. Good plants in the wrong place. I love this definition of weeds: 'they are like teenagers, they only want a place to stay, to eat and find a way to reproduce.' Weeding is done by hand, by hoe, "flaming", composting, mulching, ashing, and other safe practices.
You will notice the overhead sprinklers in the field. This is the primary method of applying water, from either the pond you see out front or well water which supplies our personal residence next door. I only have to use it a few times a year because the mulch retains the moisture so well.
Plant Diseases and other Problems:
The goal is to treat my plants like you do your children. If you give them a pleasant place to live, provide good wholesome food for them, and make sure they get plenty of 'exercise'; they will stay healthy warding off the unlimited germs and viruses all around them. The same is true of plants, make a healthy soil and they can fight off the diseases. These problems are mostly avoided by my pledge to use sustainable, healthy, environmentally friendly practices.
Cleanliness and Quality:
This is always the #1 priority! I use unclorined well water to wash all the vegetables. There still may be some small insects on the vegetables, but because I do not seek to kill them, you will still need to wash them yourself. They are coming from a natural environment and are not as ‘sterile’ as in a commercial store. Freshness, variety and the TLC from field to consumer have rewarded us with a favorable reputation in the North Fulton area!
(Farmer Floyd with his blue mule :) .)
Here is my contact information:
Cell phone 770-815-2815 (please text a message)
13230 Freemanville Road
Milton, GA 30004