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Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 21:02:09 -0500
From: Jeff Ishee <email@example.com>
Subject: Form posted from Mozilla
FARMNAME_LOCATION=Bittersweet Farmstead, Middlebrook, Virginia
TYPE_OF_OPERATION=We have a tiny four acre farmstead producing a diverse selection of vegetables, small fruits, pastured chickens and brown eggs. We also have an inspected on-farm bakery where we prepare fresh baked goods.
Jeff - market gardener, farm radio broadcaster, writer. Just released a new book "Dynamic Farmers' Marketing" in July of '97.
Sheila - caterer, baker, herb grower. Sells baked goods at local farmers' market, and now via mail order.
DESCRIPTION_OF_OPERATION=We use only direct marketing methods to sell our products. It is, by far, the most profitable way to make a living on this amount of land. In the summer of '97, a neighbor leased us an additonal 10 acres on which we raised stocker cattle using the Salatin "Salad Bar Beef" program. Our number one outlet is the local farmers' market. It is our intention to open a farm stand in 1998 on our property.
FARMING_METHODS=We are not certified organic, but we are members of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming 's BPP program (Biological Production Pledge). In essence, the BPP helps us to inform our customers that we do not use chemical herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers unless it is an absolute emergency to prevent a complete crop failure. Our customers our happy with this "pledge", and we see no use to go completely "certified" at this point in time. We have asked our customers, and they said it wasn't necessary.
- a few hundred broilers and roasters each year on pasture in portable pens.
- 250 to 300 Rhode Island Red hens for fresh brown eggs
- a few hogs on pasture in portable pens
- these animals provide all the fertilzer we need and compliment the fruit/vegetable operation well
- green beans
- snow peas
- sweet corn
- bell peppers
HERBS=None on a commercial scale, but dozens for personal use.