We are currently farming just under 5 acres. Almost 2 of the 5 acres are devoted to certified organic blueberries. We use only fertilizers which are certified organic from companies such as Gardenville, Rabbit Hill Farm, Maestro Grow, etc. We start 90% of our spring and early summer seedlings by seed in our 2 greenhouses. We use only organic potting soil from Gardenville. Crops such as radishes, mustard greens, turnip greens, carrots, cream peas, and sweet corn are seeded directly in the fields. Only certified organic seed is used unless it is unavailable. Before the field crops begin to bloom we use an organic foliar spray composed of certified organic liquid fish, seaweed, molasses, and humate.
We use "plug trays" to start seeds for our spring crops of lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, beets, celery, arugula, endive. Once the seedlings are ready we transplant them from the plug trays (there are 288 plugs, 1/2 inch in diameter in each tray) into 2 inch cup trays (50 cups in each tray). From the 2 inch cups the seedlings are transplanted into the fields. Prior to 2009 we transplanted all of the thousands and thousands of seedlings by hand. Last year we purchased a mechanical transplanter which enables us to be much more timely in getting crops transplanted into the fields. Many times transplanting by hand took so much time we were many times late in getting a crop planted. The mechanical transplanter pulled by our 45 horsepower John Deere 2040 tractor saves many hours of time and " back-breaking" labor.
No chemical fertilizer, no pesticides, no herbicides, no fungicides, no growth regulators or any other prohibitive substances are used on our farm. To control weeds we use mechanical tillage which involves a one-row cultivator, and many times a hoe in hand. To control pests we use beneficial insects such as lady bugs and preying mantids. We also use insecticidal soaps to control spider mites and aphids. To control the Colorado Potato Beetle and the cabbage looper we use an approved organic biological substance which is a freeze dried bacterium put into solution.
We also produce certified organic eggs from certified organic laying hens which are free ranging and pasture fed. To supplement their diet of grass, weeds, and insects we feed our hens a certified organic feed which is soy free.
Oak Ridge Valley Farm Organics CSA. We grow certified organic vegetables and fruit and deliver in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area from March---November. We also produce certified organic eggs from free ranging pasture fed hens.
Season: April through December
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 70
Full Share: $1,155 for April through November and 2-3 weeks into December if weather permits
Work Req? No
We can't praise Gene and his team at Oak Ridge Valley Farm Organics enough. The abundance of food that we received in 2011 was amazing considering we had the worst drought in Texas history.... [more]
Thank you Gene and Oak Ridge Farms for another great CSA year. I enjoyed the abundance of wonderful vegetables this year and especially liked trying the local/seasonal vegetables in fun new recipes. I am looking forward to 2012.
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This was our first experience with a CSA and it was really wonderful. We loved the variety of produce - it really got us to try new ingredients in our meals.... [more]