Monthly Archives: October 2014

For healthier food, freedom from “Frankenfood”…

For the last several decades, huge agricultural giants such as Monsanto,Archer Daniels Midland, Tyson, and a host of huge corporations and conglomerates have been pushing what many have termed “Frankenfood”. These are Genetically Modified Organisms or, GMO varieties of plant and ANIMAL foods.

There has never been any meaningful, long term, testing of the effects the laboratory modifications to these plants and animalsĀ  has on the human body. Right now, many strains of plants, corn in particular, have been modified so that the plant produces its own insecticide! We are supposed to believe that these toxins somehow magically degrade or disappear when the crop reaches maturity and is harvested… really?

In addition to genetic modifications done in laboratories to the plants themselves, crops raised by these huge companies are treated with a wide variety of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. These chemicals DO make it to you table! No amount of washing will get rid of all of it and trace amounts, at the very least, remain on it when you consume the produce.

These mega-corporations in the agriculture industry are waging a constant and horrific battle against small growers who refuse to use their “Frankenseeds” or their chemicals. More than one farmer with the misfortune to be planting within pollination range of any “Frankenfood” crop has been taken to court in order to force them to give up their crop and prohibited from saving their own seeds for planting the next year.

Here is just one example: Supreme Court Sides With Monsanto, Against Organic Farmers.

One of the major goals of High Desert Heirloom Farm is to enable individuals so that they can grow their own, healthy, food. Whether it be a tiny apartment balcony planter or many acres of farm land, each individual should be able to access the knowledge and materials to grow their own food.

High Desert Heirloom Farm will NOT use any laboratory produced GMO plant varieties…ever! Nor will we use hybrid strains since those do not produce viable seeds for other people to plant but require a cross pollination each and every year.Our seed stocks will be true seed stocks that can be distributed to everyone.

In order to ensure the purity of our seeds, only one variety of vegetable or herb will be planted each year to begin with. This will ensure that the bees and other insects do not cross pollinate our crops. In future years, we plan to have screen type enclosures that will tent each planting area so that we will be able to grow several strains each season and still have pure seed stock to distribute.

At High Desert Heirloom Farm, only natural fertilization methods will be used. that means that various manures will have to be composted and worked into the soil. We’ll also be composting all of our plant matter from clearing brush and that left over after the harvest.

Pest control is always a farmer’s or gardener’s big worry too. For each problem, there are multiple methods to naturally deal with it. We’ll be investigating pesticides and deterrents made from only natural materials such as nicotine, lye, and other substances. Another avenue of pest control, or bug control, will be using chickens in the planting areas…dual purpose birds they are! Bug eaters and ground fertilizers in one feathery package.

Another area of pest control that many people face is the wide variety of animals who know a tasty meal when they see, or smell, one! Our planting areas will be surrounded with fencing designed to keep out a wide variety of furry raiders.

Within five years, we at High Desert Heirloom Farm hope to be distributing a wide variety of seed at minimal cost to the purchaser. The information we develop in the way of “How to” knowledge will always be free to the public via our website. DVD tutorials will also be produced and sold at the lowest cost we can manage. There may be printed books in the future as well.

During all of this, High Desert Heirloom Farm will be offering a large portion of our crop free of charge to food banks for distribution to needy families and individuals.

Some portion of every crop will be sold to cover operation and development costs too. There is a good chance that one crop will be designated as only a cash crop. That decision has not yet been made but the idea is being looked into.

Thank you for reading!

High Desert Heirloom Farm

Welcome to the first post for High Desert Heirloom Farm!

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High Desert Heirloom Farm

80 Acres of Northern Nevada High Desert outside of the town of Winnemucca NV.

  • Only natural farming methods.

  • Heirloom vegetables and herbs.

  • A minimum of 10% of each planting reserved for seed production.

  • Minimum of 50% of produce and herb crops donated to food bank.

  • Remainder of crops sold to sustain and grow the farm.

  • Bees will be relied upon for pollination. Honey will be sold as a cash crop.

  • No GMO varieties.

  • No hybrid varieties.

  • No chemical pesticides.

  • No chemical fertilizers.

  • Daily updates on the blog. Information, lessons learned, for anyone to use for their own garden or farm.

Projected start of farm operations will be April 01, 2015. This will allow for starting some seed stock 8 weeks prior to the last frost of the year and for planting started plants in time for an initial crop.

In order to get there though, a few things should be done. The following is a list, in order of importance and need, of what this funding campaign is designed to help with.

  • Irrigation well. This well will provide water to irrigate the farm.

  • Irrigation piping and installation. Drip irrigation and subsurface irrigation will be used.

  • Fencing to protect crops from wildlife damage.

  • Greenhouse structures. This will help in starting plants prior to the last frost date.

  • Solar and wind power generation. The land is not serviced by public utilities.

  • Equipment for cultivation.

We are looking for $20,000 in funding to get this project started. That amount will guarantee a start for the 2015 growing season.

All contributors of $100 or more will share in the first season’s seed production to be distributed by December 01, 2015. In addition to that, our first educational DVD will be sent to each contributor of $100 or more as soon as it becomes available.

Our funding campaign can be found here: High Desert Heirloom Farm funding.

Continued funding to operate and grow the farm will come from cash crops as outlined above.

Check back to our blog often for updates! We’ll be adding pages to the blog soon further detailing the operation.