Here at Bottle Hollow Farm, we take great care to maintain and improve our soils. Soil health is the foundation and guiding principle behind everything we do.
Why the emphasis on soil? ... our belief is that there is no better way to improve one's enjoyment of life on this earth than to capitalize on the benefits bestowed from healthy soil.
We all have to eat. Food tastes better when it's grown in great soil. We strive to deliver old-timey garden flavor to our customers by providing produce that is grown as naturally as possible, free from any alteration by synthetic chemicals and pesticides.
Our produce is local and fresh, so you can enjoy the brightest colors, the best textures, and maximum flavor.
Soil is the key to good health. When food is grown in soil that is rich and full of life, it packs more nutrient density and health-promoting compounds.
Healthy soil = healthy plants = healthy people.
A Rich Spot
by Mark Murphy, Bottle Hollow Farm
I took that title from the book by the same name. A Rich Spot of Earth details the history and restoration of Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello.
In the 200+ years since Thomas Jefferson and George Washington walked their estates and gardens, farming has undergone radical change. Industrialization and "modernization" have introduced machines, technologies and chemicals that were unknown to, and likely never imaged by, the founding fathers of the United States.
Many modern "improvements" are beneficial. Unfortunately, some are based on flawed principles or have unintended negative consequences.
In colonial times, agriculture was the primary occupation for ninety percent of the population. Those practitioners of "old time" agriculture faced the stark reality that they might not survive if they did not take care of the soil.
some of our tenants to soil health
at Bottle Hollow Farm:
no use of chemical fertilizers
no use of synthetic pesticides
no-till and minimum tillage techniques
techniques to minimize compaction