farm types.jpg

What is a
'Real' Farm?

fake food.jpeg

For the sake of convenience, we define 'real farms' as any food production operation that meets the standards listed below.  The operations include the production of honey, vegetables, fruit, meats, dairy goods, medicinal remedies, tinctures, fermented beverages, fermented vegetables, and grain.  We also consider 'real farmers' to be wild foraging experts, community gardens and operations that use the byproducts of 'Real Farms', such as wax candle-makers, leather craftsmen, etc....  We apologize to any area we have left out, and please contact us if you feel we may have overlooked an important contributor.

Real Farm Standards

Every single niche of this planet has different conditions, and every single farmer has a mix of different goals, abilities and perspectives, so the methods used on every farm differ dramatically, but necessarily.  Keep in mind that many real farms do not receive organic certification because they cannot either afford it, or feel that Big Ag is using loopholes to take over the 'organic' label.  After visiting, designing and working on farms for many years, we have collectively agreed upon the following principles every farm must adhere to, to be considered a 'Real Farm'.  

No Cheating

The use of synthetic and/or any highly-concentrated pesticides, fertilizers, biocides and similar substances is  prohibited on a consistent basis.  Soil & food product samples are taken at least once a year on each farm and tested for agricultural chemical residues.

Nutrient Density

Real Farms use natural methods to restore the fertility of the land, and thus ensure the nutrient value in their food.  Farmers ensure to replace and regenerate the critical compounds that nourish the soil, and in turn, or bodies, every year using regenerative methods.

Livestock
Conditions

Every location is analyzed for according to the specific needs of each species.  Population size, space to freely roam, water access, feed quality and forage availability, handling methods, and other management aspects are all taken under consideration when evaluating each site. In general, we include the systems that best mimic the animal's 'wild' conditions and allow for it's natural behaviors, resulting in happier and healthier animals. 

Education &
Collaboration

The farmers we work with are highly intelligent people that work extremely hard.  But in order to support even one farm, we need you to do your fair share.  Real farming is one of the last remaining truly grass-roots movements, and a spirit of passion, humility and perseverance will be needed from all real farmers and consumers for the changing times ahead.

The farms that practice real agriculture overwhelmingly tend to be run by farmers who do not put much stock in material goods.  Homes the farmers live in are modest in size, and were worked on, built or salvaged by the farmers themselves.  We feel it is important to note that these folks are completely committed to and fulfilled by, feeding real food to their community.  Not a single farmer is trying to 'get rich' here, they just want to be able to fairly compete in the food economy that the government has encouraged Big Ag to dominate.  These folks are the best of our countrymen and women.

Here is a glimpse of some of the cycles Real Farmers must work with (more below)

Farm Cycles

nutrient cycles.jpg
nutrient cycles.jpg
infiltration.jpg
farm water cycle.jpg
nutrient cycles farm.jpeg
Plant life cycle.jpg

A Brief History

We are not historians, but here we will note a timeline of important events in the history of US agriculture that may help explain how we got to where we are today.

Late 1920's

1909

Mid 1940's

Before 1900

1950's

1960's

1970's

1980's

2018

Real Farming Required

Almost all farms were diversified (multiple plant and animal species) with complementary interactions.  Farmers were skilled in a wide range of trades and had autonomy over how to manage their crops and animals.  

Tractor Time

Cheap tractors are able to be produced, encouraging widespread use of monocultures

Post WWII

Over 90% of the US Southeast is rural and composed mainly of small farms

Secretary of Agriculture

tells US farmers to 'get big or GET OUT' (via using Big Ag's products & commercial agriculture's methodologies) 

The Bayer-Monsanto Merger

A Big Pharma Giant buys a Big Ag Giant, conveniently owning both the medicine and poison that makes humans sick

The First Cheat

The Haber-Bosch Process was invented to create the first synthetic fertilizer

Big Ag Beginnings

First DDT agricultural pesticides allowed for use in agriculture

The 'Green Revolution'

Big Ag pushes farmers to feed the world by using their synthetic agricultural chemicals

1980's US Farm Crisis

'Millions of US farmers lose their farms after racking up debt trying to 'get big' as the government had advised

Real Farming: Required Knowledge

We could not possibly come anywhere close to listing all the many diverse and specialized knowledge domains Real Farmers must employ every day and are constantly learning more about.  Here we list just a teaspoon of the kind of ecological concepts a Real Farmer must consider when weighing factors into his/her everyday decisions.  Real Farmers today must also be well versed in business, logistics, distribution and many other fields in order to compete with the Big Ag mega-corporations. 

animal cycle.jpeg
water cycle.jpeg
holistic grazing.jpeg
rhizosphere diagram.jpeg
ph on soil nutrient availability.jpeg
crop nutrient uptake.png
erosion control with trees.jpg
root microbe interactions.jpeg
leadr follower livestock rotations.jpeg
crop rotations.png
perma water catchment.jpg
Garden-Guild.jpg
sunpositioninseasons_thumb.png
soilhealth.jpg