About the Farm
The farm was acquired by The Lipton family in 1997, from descendants of the farm’s original family that settled here in the 1800s. The barn, house and outbuildings date back 100 years and have been retrofitted to meet the demands of a modern working small-acre farm while maintaining historical integrity.
The fields were planted with soil-building cover crops for eight years before fencing was introduced in 2005. Irrigation was brought to the field in 2008 and a high tunnel and fruit trees were introduced in 2009.
In 2015, a herd of Black Angus cattle was introduced and the herd doubled during calving season in late winter. In 2016, a greenhouse was built, giving the farm the opportunity to grow its own plant starts.
Sustainable Growing Practices
Ecological considerations play into every management decision we make, from soil preparation to the timing of turning a spent crop under.
Tending perennials and annuals around the fields provide forage and habitat for native insect and bird populations (and contribute to pest control in our growing fields).
We also practice crop rotation, cover cropping, succession planting, wide plant spacing, chicken and goat rotation (they follow crops, gobbling up larvae, grasshoppers, and/or weeds and seed heads), beneficial insect plantings and physical barrier pest exclusion (fabric row covers) in order to grow without synthetic chemical pesticides or fungicides.
The weather and pest pressure can be severe in Missouri so we grow crops that thrive here in each season.
That means we do not produce things like lettuce or radishes in the summer, as it would require more shade cloth, labor and pest control and still not taste very good. It also means that when lettuce and radishes comes back into season in the fall, they taste AWESOME because they were grown in the conditions they like most, and because we’ve missed them.