The Looney Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) farm. What is CNG? It means that we have never, and will not ever use chemically-derived pesticides or herbicides on our crops, or anywhere else on our land for that matter. We have and will continue to study and implement farming techniques that improve the health of the soil and in turn produce the most natural and healthy produce possible. Sometimes pests in the garden can get out of hand which means that on occasion we have to break out the big guns - but we never use any substances that aren't OMRI certified (naturally derived and approved for natural, organic growing). That's a promise we'll never break!
We are perhaps best known for our lettuce mixes, head lettuces and other tender greens, but we also excel at growing young/baby root vegetables. Our crop list is quite varied at the peak of the summer growing season. Shown here is just a sampling of what you can find at our seasonal farmer's markets, selected grocery stores and restaurants.
How & What We Grow
We grow using a regenerative, bio-intensive, market garden system. What does that mean?
Regenerative: It means that before all else, we are soil farmers. Without healthy, thriving soil, we are simply taking from the earth. We add copious amounts of compost and when needed, we add organic fertilizers, minerals and other amendments that are not only beneficial to the plants, but that also encourage growth of healthy biological life. Other than when we create a new plot, we don't till. Instead we aerate the soil with broad-forking, and then stir in soil amendment to the top couple of inches. We give the earth what it needs, and let God's microbiome do the rest. He's better at growing soil than we will ever be.
Bio-Intensive: The short explanation is that this allows for our harvests to have better yields in significantly less space than traditional mechanized row farming. We also use significantly less water, fertilizers, and overall energy in our day-to-day operations.
Market Garden System: This means that we grow a diverse variety of crops and bring that produce for sale directly to our customers. The system is traditionally unmechanized, using permanent beds, and uses systematic, repeatable, processes that allow for quick crop turnover.