Our Growing Standards
We Grow everything we sell!
We do not buy anything from off the farm to re-sell or distribute to our CSA. We are an authentic farm and CSA! At Crumptown Farm, our passion is growing the most delicious, Organically raised, nutritious food available using only natural methods such as cover cropping, crop rotation, IPM and OMRI approved products.
Fertilizers- According to Japanese Natural Farming, the best fertilizers in existence are air, sunlight and water. Naturally healthy, biologically active soil will follow. To this philosophy, we add cover crops, crop rotation, compost tea and OMRI approved fertilizers.
Insecticides- We are 100% chemical-free. Even organically approved pesticides are kept to a minimum. They are used on an as needed basis.
Herbicides- It's called weeding!
Fungicides- Our main defenses are healthy soil full of microbial life, crop rotation and the occasional use of lacto bacilli (healthy bacteria).
GE and GMO's- We don't do it!
Plastic Mulch- We currently do not use plastic mulch. We have concerns about the amount of waste it produces and toxins that possibly leach into the soil.
Seeds- We purchase most of our seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Territorial and Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds. These companies cost more, but we want our produce to be very delicious, nutritious, and not just pretty to look at. This begins with the quality of the seed used. The seed we use has never been chemically treated and we make an effort to incorporate Heirloom and open pollinated varieties into our crops. Besides being more flavorful, planting heirloom seeds and supporting the companies that sell them helps to insure the biodiversity of our planet for future generations.
Brad and Lyndsay Constable were the farm managers at Yogaville Farm in Buckingham county from 2004 to 2008. Then Brad spent a season as Crew Supervisor at Best of Whats Around in Scottsville, VA. At the beginning of 2012, after farming on other people's property for 10 years, they bought their own farm. It must be fate, because it was love at first sight when they saw the farm. Lyndsay's great-grandfathers surname was Crump, so Crumptown Farm was naturally the name. As the local story goes, whenever the country doctor had to visit the area, he said he was going to Crumptown because so many Crumps lived there. Over the last decade, through the ups and downs, they never deviated from their dream of growing the best natural produce possible.