REBIRTH OF A FARM
It's a lot of work to restore a farm and waiting for things to grow requires an enormous amount of patience!
While there are lots of items on the "to do" list, all of those items must start at the beginning and the beginning isn't always very impressive. Growing anything requires a lot of faith, cooperative weather, and good luck. Failures are disappointing and disheartening, but one cannot wallow in it when it happens.
We simply continue to dine on the proverbial elephant, consuming it one bite at a time.
THE APPLE ORCHARD
The orchard was planted very recently, in November 2016. We moved the orchard site from the south side of the farm to the north side of the farm. When deciding what varieties to plant, we contacted apple tree guru, David Vernon at Century Farm Orchards in Altamahaw, North Carolina. Century specializes in old, heirloom varieties of apple trees that are specialized for eating, baking, cider production, as well as geographic area. While we included one variety of "modern" apple, we planted 14 heirloom trees that include local varieties Mary Reid and William's Favorite. One particular variety, Mattamuskeet, hails from Dare County in the coastal region of NC. Mattamuskeet apples keep so well that people used them as currency during colonial times. You won't find these apples in your local supermarket! It will be several years before we see fruit, but we are excited knowing that generations to follow will be able to enjoy these apples. The photos to the right are from Century Farm Orchards. You can find them at www.centuryfarmorchards.com
POLLINATOR GARDEN & MONARCH WAY STATION
Providence Farm is proud to be a part of the Century Farm Pollinator Preservation Program as well as a registered Monarch Way Station. We intentionally cultivate gardens and plots full of plants that provide nectar and pollen for pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies. Without pollinators, fruits and vegetables cannot produce fruit. Plants in the pollinator gardens bloom from spring until late fall and also provide shelter and a place for the insects to lay eggs to ensure the next generation of pollinators. The use of pesticides has destroyed populations of beneficial insects and our food supply is now at risk. The pollinator gardens are one of the most important things we do. Plus it's quite magical to walk among the Joe Pye weed in late summer and be surrounded by dozens of butterflies taking flight!