Short Version: If you are running around, this version may suffice for now.
The farm share format has not changed, but the way we are growing will improve quite remarkably. Bhumi Farms is helping to introduce a new agricultural technology that allows us to track the nutritive density of our produce. This means that we will know what minerals and nutrients are making their way from our soil, to our vegetables, and finally into you and your family. Heretofore, we have heavily tracked our soil quality and made assumptions about the bioavailability to our plants. Now we will perform real time week-to-week adjustments to keep our soil at optimal levels throughout the entire growing season.
This game changing improvement, coupled with our desire to feed people in real terms, has convinced us to (quietly) increase our farm share by twenty (maybe more this autumn). We are marketing exclusively by word of mouth, so if you know of any families who believe food is medicine, then please forward this to them. They will thank you.
Less-Short Version: Real Talk About Our Current Food System
If you eat to nourish and feed your body down to the cellular level, the single most important factor to consider is the soil that your vegetables called home. If the soil isn’t fed and cared for, like the living organism that it is, then it can offer no real nutrition to the vegetables that come from this field. Well-grown lettuce can offer more nutrition than most of the kale available. Kale, kale, kale, kale and more kale, but not an ounce of information on if that kale has any real nutrition. Armed with this, how can you learn more about the soil your vegetables were grown on and finally open the black box that is our current food system?
Bhumi Farms is one of a handful of farms around the country chosen to test a new piece of technology (called a spectrometer) that will measure the nutritive content of our vegetables. Each week our soil and vegetables will be tested for the mineral and nutrient values of each so we can accurately assess the nutritional conveyance between our soil and our vegetables. We know we have great soil, and now we can empirically measure how successfully our soil feeds our/your crops.
We feed people. It’s how we’ve managed our farm and worked the land. It’s an important distinction, because we are not motivated by yield per acre, but rather nutritive value per pound of produce. It’s a revolutionary approach to modern farming, which focuses almost exclusively on poundage/yield and growing beautiful looking, harmful, pieces of nothingness.
Nothingness, because vegetables don’t make nutrients and minerals, they get them from the soil. Conventional farming is a shortsighted form of agriculture that damages the land and mostly produces vegetables of little to no value. Organic farming protects against the synthetic chemical sins of conventional farming, but doesn’t regulate protocol around soil. Soil health is a farmer by farmer decision, so while organic is directionally better, it doesn’t get us to where we want to be.
We are growing the food we want to eat ourselves, farming in a way that builds the soil, now measuring the nutrient density of our produce and humbly giving this food over to you, and with your help, to pantry families as well.
Last year we donated thousands of pounds of well grown, healing vegetables to the New York Common Pantry (NYCP) valued at more the $25,000. We plan on continuing to donate the highest quality produce to the NYCP and are adding a food rescue component to reduce food waste once we secure a refrigerated van.
We are working tirelessly to create a farm and community that will make our world a little bit better and hopefully also setting an example for others to learn from. We cannot express how appreciative we are of your continued support.