About us

Who we are. We are a small (I mean Micro) farm raising a variety of things in our suburban back yard. We are aiming to grow our operation and are using our own homestead as a proving ground for experiments, techniques, learning experiences, and proof of design. We grow on 0.31 acres in a small community in West Central Indiana, Wingate to be specific. Wingate is about 20 miles outside Crawfordsville.

We want to educate others to grow their own food. We grow everything as chemically free as possible. We use Permaculture techniques, companion planting, no till, composting, and seed saving to name a few.

Some of what we have done, grow, teach, experiment with.

Edible landscaping. – pull up your shrubs and bushes and plant items you can eat. Dual purpose.

Medicinal plants and herbs. – we grow a variety of plants for medicinal purposes and grow the list regularly.

Berries – we use strawberries as ground cover in gardens, raspberry/blackberry as fencing, and have blueberry hedges.

Fruit Trees – We currently have three fruit trees and will be expanding soon. Apple, pear, peach.

Greenhouse – we have a 10×12 greenhouse where we grow a variety of plant, winter plants, have our aquaponics, and start seeds.

Vegetable Gardens – we have a variety of year round crops we grow and experiment with.

Composting – we dump all food wastes into our compost. Even meat and dairy (chickens usually eat it first)

Chickens – for eggs, meat, fertilizer, and well entertainment

Aquaponics – We have a 1800 gal aquaponics pond in our greenhouse where we grow goldfish, crawfish, catfish, and frogs. See Aquaponics posts for more details. Also a large variety of plants within the aquaponics system.

Fish – we have goldfish, crawfish, catfish, frogs more to come.

Hugakulture – Using decomposing wood to add to soil for growing. We modified the idea of sorts for our purpose. Still works in the end.

Water harvesting – May not sound like farming, but try paying to water all those plants can get expensive.

We want to teach people through this site, in person and through the classes we offer at a local store.

On the horizon, rabbits, bees, mushrooms, vermiculture (worms), and powering the whole farm off grid.

2 thoughts on “About us”

  1. I just wanted to commend you for all you are doing and thank you for your kindness to share your information. I just came across your website and am very impressed.

    I live in Miami, FL (ugggh!) and will not say more than that. I have a 70 year old, teen-age looking Aunt and her family in mid-Michigan. She has a house with 50 acres of farmland surrounding her. She raises just a few cows, chickens and pigs to divide among her children and grand-children. She leases the rest of the land to a farmer.

    As a result of my desire to desperately leave Miami and all the surrounding concrete and mega-aggressive drivers. More-so, I want a healthier environment and future for my two teenage sons. I, as well as my Aunt, seek to become more and self-sustaining. I began to buy some books back in 1997 regarding the types of things you are doing. I have NO experience, but hope to follow the path you are laying. I want to also learn about “High Tower Farming” that a farmer here in Miami was demonstrating at two universities in the Northern U.S.

    I will not take more of your time other than to congratulate you for what you are doing and express my deep gratitude that you are the people you are and are sharing such wonderful and significant material. I hope to know what “living” really means outside of what life has been like here in Miami and most of “life” in America today. God bless you and yours and again, a sincere THANK YOU. John S.

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