Wednesday, May 6, 2009
My husband and I are starting a small organic vegetable farm in Northwest Georgia. We are farming on some of my family's land that has been in our family for generations and was used by my grandfather for a dairy farm. Now we are plowing up one field and starting our own farm. We have been talking about doing this for several years and since our two year stint in the public education realm (Adam has been teaching 7th grade geography and Mecca has been going to graduate school) we are eager to change our lifestyles. We are going full throttle into self-employment. We also just purchased a foreclosed home across the street from our field and are renovating it (lifting it up and putting a foundation underneath it!).
In our initial set-up of the farm, we are almost done building a deer exclusion fence. We were able to remove some old cattle fence posts from other parts of the property so we have saved a pile of money doing that. We are doing an electric fence in the hopes of staving off the deer.
We also just purchased a King Cutter 5 ft. tractor tiller. My father has a tractor so we are going to use that for now.
We are going to grow all kinds of seasonal vegetables and specialize in southern heirloom varieties and cultural favorites, like cowpeas, okra, tomatoes, corn and cucumbers. We will start out selling to four different farmers markets around our area, including Rome, Dallas, Powder Springs and Cedartown. We want to sell as locally as possibly but we know that we will probably have to reach into Atlanta in order to find sufficient demand for our organic veggies.
I will post pictures soon!