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Josh Plack

20170920_112206We are a diversified Small Farm located in Cedar Hill. Newly established on April 20, 2016 we are utilizing Biodynamic practices along with Permaculture design principles to create an Agroecosystem that is abundantly biodiverse and sustainable.  Everything we produce, we do so without the use of synthetic chemicals, including fertilizer. We do everything the right way using organic amendments, and good cultural practices to prevent pest and disease issues. We enlist numerous species of beneficial insects and use strategically placed insectaries to provide them the habitat to draw more in.  

Our approach supports the native ecology by building multifunctional polycultures designed to suit human needs and create habitat for wildlife simultaneously.  It relies upon a diversity of flora and fauna to create an environment that is resilient.  It draws from patterns found in nature and the native plants already found in the area by including edible and medicinal native fruits like: Sumac, Paw Paws, Persimmons, Elderberries, Gooseberries, Blackberries, Crabapple, Black Cherry, and Aronia in our polycultures.  Also, Nut Bearing Trees (some native and some Exotic) like: Oaks, Walnuts, Pecans, Hickory, Chestnuts, Hazelnuts Filberts.  As well as understory trees for the wildlife: Serviceberry, Dogwood, Osage Orange, Hercules Club.  With multiple polyculture areas our farm will resemble a forest with gradual transitions in between, with each plant carefully placed according to its needs.

Above all, I hope to strengthen the local food system, foster creativity as well as an adventurous taste by using interesting and uncommon ingredients including; heirloom, heritage & native types of fruits and vegetables. And to create place where friends gather to: actively make positive change and rejuvenate our culture, to become connected to their food, to share ideas, and grow together! 

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