Origins Farm

  (Hanover, Virginia)
Growing food differently
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Being Certified Naturally Grown.

Read about our farm which is Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). We often encounter this question at farmers markets: "...but is it organic?" It is in response to our CNG status that the question is posed. Here, we try and answer that question.   [Read More]
 
 

In celebration of the Farmall 140

Celebrating the classic red Farmall 140 tractor. It died many years ago, but it's making a comeback on small sustainable farms across America.   [Read More]
 
 

Making Compost Tea @ Origins Farm

Like a great cup of earl grey tea, compost tea is a simple, yet elegant brew that soothes the soul. Of plants, that is. We often use compost tea on our new seedlings for increasing fertility in the soil and to increase its resistance to soil-borne diseases. The brew is easy to make and we have documented our method.  [Read More]
 
 

An agriculture supported community

As the beautiful winter sun sets over our fields, I am reminded that this is a time to slow down. A time to rest the weary body after a long farming season. A time to rest the soul, and mind. 

I love this time of the year. I love the cold. I love the root crops that continues to grow, albeit slowly. I love curling up on the couch to watch a good film, or read a great book. I love watching the red cardinal birds playing in our backyard. Winter is a time for myself. And every so often it is time for re-kindling friendships, worn after a summer of neglect.

 2012 was such a challenging, but profoundly rich year. It was also a year which offered many opportunities to increase my knowledge, my intuition, and my love for growing food. I am a food grower. The more food I grow, the deeper my sense of and connection to community grows. It fortifies my belief in the values and benefits of local community supported agriculture programs. These programs are essential in providing food security, access to safe and healthy food, and above all in supporting a robust local economy.

As you step into 2013, full of promises and new ideas, find yourself a good local community supported agriculture program. Who knows, you might just end up being part of a wonderful agriculture supported community.

Peace,

 

Alistar Harris

Origins Farm

 

 
 
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