How we farm

 

As local farmers who have produced and harvested agricultural products for over 100 years, the Jackson family takes great pride in being good stewards of the land that they continue to respect and preserve.  With a livelihood that depends on bountiful harvests, abundant flavor, and honest relationships with consumers, Emily’s Produce puts sustainable farming practices at the top of the priority list. 

Emily’s Produce is not a USDA “certified” organic farm, rather it is a farm that practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  This reliable method of farming is a way to control insect pests and diseases while protecting human health and the environment. Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are not harmful, and some even beneficial.  IPM programs work to monitor pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds.  This monitoring and identification removes the possibility that pesticides will be used when they are not needed. 

Emily’s Produce does not plant any G.M.O. fruits or vegetables on the farm.  The use of safe and sustainable farming practices that preserve the environment, reduce waste, and promote healthy growing systems are a priority.  Our focus is on producing the best quality products that are picked at their peak ripeness and maintaining the product’s freshness, and nutritional values.   

 

High tunnels use radiant daytime heating to extend the season and give us early and late season fruit and vegetable production. We currently grow tomatoes, lettuce, squash, and cucumbers in our tunnels. The crops are planted in the ground as normal, but are covered by a tall plastic canopy and never rained on. This method of growing reduces the risk of disease.

High tunnels use radiant daytime heating to extend the season and give us early and late season fruit and vegetable production. We currently grow tomatoes, lettuce, squash, and cucumbers in our tunnels. The crops are planted in the ground as normal, but are covered by a tall plastic canopy and never rained on. This method of growing reduces the risk of disease.

Planting on plastic covered rows assists with the plant’s heat absorption and it is acts as a superior weed control

Planting on plastic covered rows assists with the plant’s heat absorption and it is acts as a superior weed control

Fruits and vegetables grown on the farm are safe to eat from the field. Emily’s Produce promotes growing practices that are safe for our family and for yours.

Fruits and vegetables grown on the farm are safe to eat from the field. Emily’s Produce promotes growing practices that are safe for our family and for yours.