RockyCrop Farms is a tiny half-acre market garden located in Hanceville, Alabama just three miles west of downtown in the beautiful Stouts Mountain valley area. We were Certified Naturally Grown just last summer. Being Certified assures our customers that we are an ecologically responsible producers and that we follow all National Organic Production standards.
We are still developing our tiny farm and so have decided that during the 2017 growing season our main emphasis will be on completing our infrastructure. We need to install a well pump and irrigation lines and build the well house; add electricity and wiring; install cold-storage and refrigeration; and build gates, tables, and driveways. Some food you can definitely find growing on our farm in 2017 are blueberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
Some things we do to preserve our environment is add compost to build soil structure; plant cover crops to retain soil nutrients and reduce erosion; practice crop rotation to prevent soil bacterial build-up and ward off pests; plant mainly heirloom vegetables and fruit (but we do like trying a hybrid now and again); and plant flowers and herbs to attract beneficial insects. We are chemical free which means we never spray synthetic pesticides or use synthetic fertilizers in our growing areas. We never knowingly buy gmo seeds. Most of our work is done by hand but we do occasionally use a roto-tiller.