Kneehigh Farm uses regenerative practices. As stewards of the land, we strive to nourish our community through nourishing the farm. Learning to work with the land, rather than against it, teaches us humility, admiration, flexibility, and pride. By listening to the capacities and needs of the farm, we create a commitment to the food grown and, in turn, our community.
At Kneehigh Farm, we have a strict set of standards that we abide by to keep our landscape in balance:
- As of 2016, Kneehigh Farm is Certified Naturally Grown! "Certified Naturally Grown farmers don't use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicide, or GMOs, just like certified organic farmers. The main difference between CNG and organic is our certification model, which relies on peer inspections, transparency, and direct relationships." For specifics on our produce standards and certification requirements, please visit the CNG website.
- We grow organically. You won’t see the USDA symbol on our produce because we aren’t federally certified. Organic certification requires a financial commitment that’s currently out of our reach—extra funds tend to go to broken tractors and compost! Rest assured knowing that all of our veggies are chemical-free and grown with care for the land and your family.
- We purchase organic seeds when possible and prioritize heirloom & open-pollinated varieties, which boast intense flavor and beauty. We never use chemically-treated or GMO seeds.
- We are committed to building organic fertility, through cover crops, organic compost, crop rotation and carefully selected organic fertilizers & ammendments.
- We never spray herbicides. We manage weeds through mechanical cultivation, hand weeding, hoeing, and cover crops.
- We use a drip irrigation system, that reduces water waste, run-off, and soil erosion.
Every system is planned to be efficient and beneficial to the farm’s longevity. There is much observation, labor, and love that goes into this work. The satisfaction of knowing exactly what’s going into our bodies—and of taking part in the regeneration of the land—makes every effort worthwhile.