Plow Creek Farm is now Certified Naturally Grown
. This is the grass roots alternative to certified
organic, using no poisonous herbicides or chemical pesticides
and following all the certified organic standards; it's just a different certification process. We
do a lot of old-fashioned hoeing and pulling of weeds. So you can
freely taste the fruit in the field with no worry. We and our children sure do!
For years, Plow Creek Farm has been on a biological
This means we enlist a lot of friendly microbes to enhance
the life in the soil, and apply nutrients at levels which don't fry the soil.
Many weeds thrive
only in imbalanced soil. That's why when a strawberry grower friend
visited our field he said, "You get by without herbicides? You
must not have a weed problem." Maybe not "a weed problem" but we
do hundreds of hours of hand weeding each year.
This is not heaven
. You will still spot a few weeds here and there, maybe even a thistle. Our tractors rust just like everyone else's, and if they call in sick we might not get that brix-boosting foliar fertilizer applied. Berries are tempermental and fleeting; some years they break our heart. Yet every summer that first bite reminds us that we were splitting hairs of a beautiful woman who has at long last returned. Now words will do her no justice, and she cannot be bought like a commodity. There is no way to cultivate her presence except by hard work and God's pleasure, right here on this ground He has given. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
We are working hard to share this experience with you and your loved ones. Come visit us at Plow Creek Farm in North-central Illinois.