Moss Hill Farm is a Biodynamic, organically, permaculture, market farm located in urbanville Milton in North Fulton at 13230 Freemanville Road about 1/2 mile north of Milton High School. It is about 1+ acre of intense close companion planting. I use the mulched, top 3" till, organic, bio-dynamic, co-creating methods of raising healthy, flavorful, wholesome vegetables and herbs. Moss Hills commitment to natural farming practices means NO synthetic products are used, including fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are used on any of the vegetables. This is a "drug-free", chemical-free farm! The organic status (not government certified) is the customer's assurance that there will be NO Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), Sewage Sludge, or Irradiation used in the production of these agricultural food products. I have tried to get as close to the way God grows things as anyone can, to produce these vegetables. I honor our environment!
This year’s addition:
Our main mission is to grow healthy nutritious whole food for a certain number of families using the CSA method. This frees us up to devote our full time to ensuring as much as possible a fair amount of food for 30 weeks of the year. This provides for the tools, nutrition for the soil, people who help manage, seeds, transplants, improvements, and supports the Keisler's. This year several ‘improvements’ were made.
We have been constantly improving our composting using horse and cow manure (a little gerbil), granite dust, rock phosphate, lime, top soil, sand, leaves, weeds, kitchen wastes, and plants from the field. Biodynamic preparations 500-508, BC, and Compost Starter are used on a consistent plan to bring Nature's forces into our labor. This is our fertilizer, pest and disease management, weed management, and furry animal management. Balance is pursued not elimination. Bad insects are needed to feed the Beneficial's. Weeds educate on what we need to do to help the soil. Critters bring a balanced life force, but we still put up an electric fence to keep the deer discouraged from coming into the field.
Steps are being taken to be gentler on our soil. There is less tilling because it beats the soil, there are more hand tools to work with the soil, push plows to mix in the compost, broad forking to keep the tilth in place and provide extra oxygen for the microbes and earth animals. This year we will be using a Berta Plow which is a sideways turn plow.
There are 20 additional varieties added to the diversity of food, this makes close to 75 total we plan on growing. Last year we bartered with Ronnie Mathis for some foods we do not grow like apples, winter squash, sweet potatoes, etc. He has agreed to include us again this year. He will also have strawberries and blueberries to be included in our CSA.
Michele Gillman has agreed to help in the being our volunteer coordinator, gathering, weeding, planting, planning, etc :) again this year.
We are expanding the flower and herb sections. What we have been doing is including any of these we grow as part of the CSA. We usually have a sample for you on the day of pickup but you are always free to go harvest as much as you need for the week. You will notice the parking lot is bigger. We moved all the herbs to the top of the hill which the steps lead up to this new area.
This year’s offer is a two season CSA’s. You can send us your email address to be added or just do it from this site. The seasons I am offering are:
1. Summer shares from April 29th to August 5th for a total of 15 weeks.
2. Fall shares from August 12th to November 18th for a total of 15 weeks.
Each share will normally supplement a family of four.... two adults (teens have adult appetites), and two small children, to compliment your family meals for the week. OR If yours is a vegetarian home, the amount is usually sufficient for one to two, depending on your unique eating habits.
We harvest on Wednesdays for pick up that afternoon and on Friday morning for the Saturday morning pickup. We immediately field wash and put the vegetables in the walk in cooler to keep fresh as possible.
My guarantee is that if you ever use anything from my farm that you do not 100% agree is the most flavorful and fresh, I will replace double the amount of food you didn't like. Some of it will be ugly and not perfect like you see in the commercial stores, but they will not be able to compete with the nutrition and flavor. Some of it will look perfect like in the store, except these will have all the nutients and vitamins. Is that fair enough?
Co-Creating with Nature:
Finding out how God does things and following His ways is at the heart of what the biodynamic principles mean to me. At the farm, we plan, plant and manage the growth of our crops in succession so we won't run out. There are times that in spite of all the dedication and prayers, we still mess up with schedules and best intentions. Nature always rules, this winter has already proved that. No matter what plans could have been in place it would still have been major storm. When this happens there may be less of some crops. Our dedicated members understand the natural processes we work with. Since we replant at regular intervals during the season, what may be lacking one week will show up in future offers. This past year was an abundant year and the members had more than ever before. There were some concerns that they had too much, what a great opportunity.
Visits to Moss Hill and Event Days:
Members are welcome to visit the farm at almost any time -- BY APPOINTMENT! Since I am not always here (I do have other off-farm chores and activities, some things have to be done on a timely manner) I encourage you to TEXT or EMAIL AHEAD! We also hold volunteer work & fun days, encouraging members to get involved. Hands-on classes are offered at least once a season covering the various aspects of biodynamical naturally grown gardening located at the farm. I strongly urge you to do the garden tour before becoming a customer. I would love to show you the process that your food will be grown, it takes about 30 minutes.
We have farm work day on Thursday for about 5 hours where we have 30-45 minutes of class time and working in the field learning by doing about organically biodynamically farming. We had 6 new farmers involved in this program last year. There is no fee for this session.
I plant cover crops (green manure), horse manure that is various stages of composting, rotate our vegetable plant locations, and use only natural minerals, compost, herbal, and other organic preparations. I say I do the 3 inch mechanical tilling, but I do have thousands of tillers at work in the soil. These workers are the lowly earthworms; you can go to any place in my garden and find 1000’s of them. We use a hand broad fork to help aerate the soil for the microbes. We are trying a new plow out this year called a Berta Plow to see if it is gentiler on our soil.
We introduce and encourage habitat for beneficial insects, birds, bats, and other creatures that prey upon unwanted insects. We are not insect free, in fact there is an abundance of good and bad insects. You will notice the wooded habitat around the garden and numerous birdhouses to attract the birds. Frogs are numerous because of the pond, lizards, lady bugs, and spiders help control the flying insects. The wasps help control the larva. The ants help aerate the soil, eat little critters, help house fungi, and clean up dead critters. We do not spray them with anything but seek to develop a balance. We do occasionally encourage them to go to a different place. They usually get very upset if you mess with their houses.
No matter what I do, there seems to always be weeds. Good plants in the wrong place. I love this definition of weeds: 'they are like teenagers, they only want a place to stay, to eat and find a way to reproduce.' Weeding is done by hand, by hoe, "flaming", composting, mulching, ashing, and other safe practices.
You will notice the overhead sprinklers in the field. This is the primary method of applying water, from either the pond you see out front or well water which supplies our personal residence next door. I only have to use it a few times a year because the mulch retains the moisture so well.
Plant Diseases and other Problems:
The goal is to treat my plants like you do your children. If you give them a pleasant place to live, provide good wholesome food for them, and make sure they get plenty of 'exercise'; they will stay healthy warding off the unlimited germs and viruses all around them. The same is true of plants, make a healthy soil and they can fight off the diseases. These problems are mostly avoided by my pledge to use sustainable, healthy, environmentally friendly practices. Biodynamically treated with homopathic teas are as strong as we get.
Cleanliness and Quality:
This is always the #1 priority! I use unclorined well water to wash all the vegetables. There still may be some small insects and soil on the vegetables. They are coming from a natural environment and are not as ‘sterile’ as in a commercial store. Freshness, variety and the TLC from field to consumer have rewarded us with a favorable reputation in the North Fulton area!
(Farmer Floyd with his blue mule :) .)
Here is my contact information:
Cell phone 770-815-2815 (please text a message)
13230 Freemanville Road
Milton, GA 30004