A True Family Farm

When our boys help in the gardens they represent the fifth generation of the family to work the soil on Kimker Hill. Four generations still live on the farm today. Strong family bonds and a deep love and respect for the earth influence all of our farm practices.

Our gardens provide us with the best and purest of food, matchless beauty, and the ultimate earth science classroom for our homeschooled boys.

Sustainability is a popular buzz word among small scale agriculture. To us it means giving more than you take. Putting back what you use. Remembering that this beautiful earth will last forever and it's our commision to care for. In our gardens we try hard to follow these ideals and work with the earth's design, not against it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We are loving this cooler weather! This is the first year that Danny has been working on the farm full-time. He actually has the time to do the things we always planned on doing with the gardens, but never had time to carry out. He has really gotten into succession planting. He tries to keep something new sprouting all the time. Then, as soon as he has an open space available, he gets the sprouts into the ground. The cooler weather has really been helping with the new greens. He has several varieties of lettuce, spinach and spicy mustard greens all looking beautiful now. The bugs are also beginning to let up a little, maybe the swiss chard and kale can finally recover.

Come enjoy the fruits of all this labor at the market on Saturday!
September 12, 2012
The yard and gardens are looking greener everyday. I'm so thankful for the rain that we've gotten recently. The gardens are beginning to reward us again for all the hard work this summer.

We were finally able to harvest potatoes after the first rain. They taste wonderful. We've been eating potatoes almost everyday for the past 2 weeks. So far we've had them mashed, baked, scalloped and yes...terday, pressure-cooked with a roast and carrots. Tomorrow it's supposed to cool off, so we're planning on potato soup. If you missed out getting some of them for yourself last Saturday, don't miss out this weekend. We have 5 different varieties, all organically-grown, in assorted sizes. Come pick out your favorite at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market this Saturday. We're open from 8am to noon.
August 16, 2012
The gardens are looking much better now. A friend has been helping us to get rid of lots of weeds. If we get rain tomorrow, we'll start digging potatoes on Friday and then we'll be bringing some of them to the market on Saturday. It's been months since we've gotten any new potatoes because of the extreme heat and lack of rain.

August 10, 2012
We'll be back at the market tomorrow.

Last Saturday, Nate won first place in the talent show at the Washington Fair! He played the Maple Leaf Rag in the key of F, then C & then finished it off in the key of G. We're very proud of his accomplishment!

Get ready to stock up, we'll be bringing lots of veges tomorrow!

July 25, 2012
Will this heat ever end? We have been crunching our way all over the farm. Danny's watering what he can, but there's no way to water everything. The gardens look like an oasis in a sea of dead grass.

Danny crunched his way out to check on the bees several times this week. The hive is thriving, but we've had to start feeding them again due to the lack of rain. There's very little blooming for them to collect from. I sure hope we get some of the rain the weatherman says is a possibility for tomorrow!!!!

July 20,2012
We need rain!!!!! I spent so much time today watering the gardens. Thankfully Danny usually takes of the watering, but he was busy elsewhere. His watering has been paying off, most of the plants are continuing to produce quite nicely now in spite of the never-ending, oppressive heat. The peppers and cucumbers and the chinese long red noodle beans are thriving. I started making dill pickles this past week. I made old-fashioned and spicy dills. If you'd like to make your own, come get cucumbers from us at the market this Saturday. We grow an heirloom variety that we really like and we think you will too.

June 21, 2012
Big picking day tomorrow! Come get your fresh produce at the market Saturday! The weather forecast looks much better than earlier predicted. It should be really pleasant in the morning. Remember, we open at 8am.

June 20,2012
The gardens are looking great despite the lack of rain. Danny or I are watering something everyday. This past week we picked the first ripe tomatoes and cucumbers. There's nothing better than a vine ripened heirloom tomato. We've been picking and eating as we're working in the gardens.