Just so you know...
Here's how we grow:
History with the land…
At Oxen Hill Farm, we are a small family operation that prides itself on delivering wholesome quality produce in a sustainable farming system.
The 28 acre Suffield farm that we use for the majority of our production has been in our family since the mid 1800s, when the ancestors of Carol (Biggerstaff) Griffin emigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland.
The East Granby farm location that we use for production was originally part of a royal grant of land from the Prince of Wales, awarded to Sgt. John Griffin in 1647. It has remained in the Griffin family and is now operated by the 11th generation.
Organic Production Practices
When we started in 2009, we made a conscious decision to follow organic production practices. We have continued that approach through today.
Since 2012 we have been USDA Certified Organic through Baystate Organic Certifiers and follow all organically certified practices. In addition, we make it a priority to communicate all of our production practices to our customers, so they are well informed about the membership they've purchased and the food they feed their families.
Some of our crop production strategies include:
Promotion of soil fertility through crop rotation and cover crop planting
Variety selection based on taste, quality, and natural disease resistance (Did you know that many 'Heirloom' variety tomatoes we grow are naturally resistant to the late blight?!)
Elimination of all synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals, and GMOs
Biological pest control and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies
Extensive use of 'plastic mulch' to eliminate the need for difficult hand weeding, herbicide application, or the use of costly mechanical cultivation
Use of 'flame weeding' and stale seedbed preparation for many crops (greens, carrots)
Our Commitment to You
At Oxen Hill Farm, you can be sure that the food we produce is of the highest quality and nutritional value. It has to be - because we're share members as well! The tasty wholesome vegetables that our members pickup are the same foods that we share with our own families.
So dig in with us!
The Oxen Hill Farm Family