Our farm embodies what organic means to us. We are interested in producing food, not commodities, in ways that prepare the farm and the community for the future – for our grandchildren and generations beyond.
Though everyone has their own philosophies about what organic agriculture is, one of the key principles of our organic farm is remembering that everything is inter-connected: that is to say, we are what we eat.
We recognize our farm as an ecosystem and work to maintain balance in all aspects of our operation and keep everyone (animals, humans, and plants) working together in harmony.
Healthy soil grows healthy crops; healthy crops feed healthy animals; and healthy animals feed healthy people.
We strive for ecological diversity on the farm – encouraging wildlife to make their home on our property (including the great horned owl that found its way into our chicken coop one summer,) and thinking about natural wind barriers and plant rotations.
For us, this inter-connected style of organic agriculture has served as a bridge to our customers – we are not only farmers, but also community-builders and food producers.
Why we choose organic at Mapleton's
We are striving to contribute to a world that is healthier for our grandchildren (and beyond) and believe that organic agriculture is the best way to ensure a prosperous agricultural future.
A variety of organic farming practices such a crop rotation, proper composting and spreading of manure as well as mechanical cultivation are used.
Instead of dangerous insecticides and pesticides we also use patience - and have learned to live with some weeds.
The goal is to focus on the health of the soil so that we can keep producing food on this land forever.
We have drastically reduced the amount of energy needed to produce food. We rely almost solely on composted manure as fertilizer eliminating the need for externally produced and transported fertilizers such as nitrogen.
The composting floor in our barn reduces greenhouse gas emissions (and smell), retains nutrients and provides heat for the cows.
We have also installed solar panels on our main barn roof. This installation produces more energy than the farm uses, making Mapleton's not just energy neutral, but an energy producer.
Power and Independence
While we encourage community connection, we are actively working to be independent decision-makers and control our own destiny. We limit our dependence on large-scale agricultural corporations for our inputs.