ZOE FARMS

5676 Faircrest ST SW, Canton, OH 44708   |    330-412-2544   |   info@zoefarms.com
Winter hours Thursday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM or by appointment.

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FARM
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At first glance, you might think you’re going to be reading a story about music… that is, unless you already know what symbiosis is all about. If we take a look at Webster’s textbook definition of the term, we might simply believe that it applies to only some critters living together. Around here, though, we see it as the foundation of our farm's food production model.   Textbooks are good and a…
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Here at the farm we receive quite a few messages from folks asking if they can come work with us. I guess they see videos, pictures, articles or something we post on social media about how we strive to operate an ecologically sustainable farming system. There is no doubt that what we are doing is not mainstream. Most people recognize the many differences between our operation versus what they’re s…
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Growing Good Grass

Jun 29, 2016
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When we tell people we meet that we’re farmers, we almost always get an intrigued response. After all, it’s a profession that’s on the decline these days. The questions start to roll. We’re always asked, “what do you raise?”. In most of these interactions, we only have about 90 seconds to describe what we do. The response goes something like: “we provide grass-finished beef, pasture-raised meat ch…
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There are many benefits to not running a rototiller through our gardens every year. Whenever we till, we disrupt the life of within our soil that is responsible for cycling nutrients for our plants to grow. As soon as it rains on our freshly tilled areas, we develop compaction zones that create anaerobic layers preventing the plant’s roots from going deep.   To eliminate these problems and to pr…
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Anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows that I tend to get excited about things that most people don’t care much about. I bounce off the walls when I discover new ideas or ways of doing things. What really amps me up though, is when I begin to see pieces of a big puzzle start falling into place.   The “big picture” we’re seeing unfold here at the far…
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When we think of gardening or any form of crop production, what’s the first thing we need to do? Till it all up so we can plant seeds - of course. That may be what’s going on across millions of acres around the world, but it’s a surefire way to kill soil. As a matter of fact, soil scientists the world-over are shouting dire warnings about topsoil depletion in the earth’s mo…
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 I’ve been reading all about these swales for a few years and how they change a landscape forever.  After only 18 months, I’m beginning to see with my own eyes the impact they are having on the land here at ZOE Farms.  More importantly however, I’m beginning to FEEL their impact. When I was running our sub-soiler the other day, I was amazed at how easy the shank p…
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Expensive Lessons

Nov 20, 2015
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When we planted our first orchard, I was of the mindset that this whole permaculture system was going to work a certain way.  I was looking forward to a management system of “set it and forget it”.  In other words, once we planted all this stuff it would take care of itself.  After all, I watched all these miracle videos online of people doing things with little/no work …
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When I was in the fitness business, before/after transformations sold the product.  It’s pretty much standard operating procedure in that industry.  It goes something like… “Have a look at Joe before. He’s bummed, he’s out of shape”… then WHAM – here’s this same person after 90 days of our program.  “Joe is ripped, bounci…
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 There’s lot’s of things we do wrong in life – at least me anyway.  The old saying goes something like: “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.  I never really tried to live that way – but it’s safe to say that’s a fair assessment of most of my life.  What amazes me is that sometimes I discover things I had no intent…
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5676 Faircrest ST SW, Canton, OH 44708    |    330-412-2544    |    info@zoefarms.com
Winter hours Thursday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM or by appointment.