Snikta is Atkins backwards!
Before people started creating their own products to enhance their farms production, they had to use what was provided for them by nature and we are moving backwards towards that frame of mind. We are devoted to keeping chemicals, poisons and man made fertilizers off our land. Nature is an amazing organism and will provide everything it needs if treated well by its farmer.
We are not “Certified Organic” but we do not use chemicals and in fact go beyond that and use a biodynamic, full circle practice. The term “Organic” was started with good intentions but has since turned into something we don’t believe really stays true to its meaning. It has become a money making machine for a higher corporate entity and still allows the use of approximately 20 or so synthetic chemicals. Now, eating organic and buying organic produce is a fantastic start, you are certainly eating better than conventionally grown products that uses over 900 synthetic chemicals BUT we like to go a step further.
Biodynamic very simply means creating what you need for the farm from the farm. We cut our own hay that we use to make our chicken coop bedding then use that to create our compost then add it to the garden and fertilize the plants with it all coming from right here on the farm.
To begin with, we start all of our plants from seed so we can control its growth from the very start. We use crop rotation and cover crops to avoid infestations and fungal disease, we plant with the moon signs to take advantage of its energy, create our own carbon by making biochar, we use vermicomposting (worm farming) to create our own worm castings and fertilizer tea and water from our spring fed pond.
We use our own hay for mulch and weed suppression and hand pull the weeds that sneak by us. We also hand pick those nasty pests that like to eat our yummy garden goodies. They are just trying to be the best little bugs they can be, but they CANT have my tomatoes!
The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard. – Joel Salatin