Organic Gardening

 

The majority of the foods that we grow are plants raised from our own seeds, produced here at Greystone.   Our gardens are completely organic, we do not use pesticides, insecticides, or fungicides on our plants.  Forging good community relationships, we barter for old hay and horse manure which are the foundations of our rich soil.  Our chickens contribute to the fertilization as well, with their manure and bedding hay.  We boast eight individual garden plots, gardening over 10 thousand square feet yearly, raising about twice the crop we need for personal use, and enjoy trading and giving the extra abundance away.  As an example, we have been involved with the Rural Ministries Gleaning Program for many years.  We also have a variety of fruit trees and many types of berries.  Our proudest gardening achievement was bringing back a row of grapes abandoned in the early 1950s, flourishing chemical-free.  In our efforts to be sustainable, we have established wild life plots of Jerusalem artichokes, chives, mint, wild apples trees, and are nurturing some native nut trees.