In Good Heart has a lot of meanings, but we decided on the name based on the Old English use of the phrase. To say that the soil is in good heart is to say that it is healthy, in good cultivation, and in good spirit. To say that a person is in good heart is to say that they are cultivating wisdom, courage, and good spirit. Ben and I felt that our farm name should represent our vision and we couldn’t think of a better representation of what we want to do and what we want to be in our world than In Good Heart.
We are a small, family farm. As of January 2014, the farm will again be worked by farmer & life partners Patricia Parker & Benjamin Shields. Ben & Patricia had their first child in 2012 & are ready to arrange child care for Elliott so that they may work side by side. We do not have any employees, though we have had interns & an apprentice in the past. Additionally, we receive a lot of support from our CSA members. In fact, we are offering a work share option for our CSA members for the first time this year. We will provide an $80 discount in exchange for two 5 hour work days on the farm.
We not only grow everything that we sell/offer through CSA, we start everything but our strawberry plants (& in the past, our onion plants) from seed ourselves. We even make our own soil mix & soil blocks! Our long-term goal is that we save our own seed as well. We have saved our own seed for some of our crops (e.g., kale, okra, dill), but we are still a long way from saving it all (baby steps, right?). In the meantime, we purchase our seeds from companies we can stand behind. About half of our seeds are heirloom & none of our seeds are GMO.
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