Friends Drift Inn Farm – Philosophy
Our Aspirations To Grow By
- Friends Drift Inn Farm is an invitation to explore Appalachian Foodways from Farm-to-Fork.
- We are a small family farm focusing on heirloom vegetable production and heritage breed livestock. We support sustainable agricultural biodiversity in Appalachia through growing, educating, advocating, and seed swapping.
- We do not knowingly grow or sell Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), Genetically Engineered Organisms (GE), or transgenic organisms. Science is a wonderful thing, but plant material spliced with pig genes, insecticides or herbicides is not.
- We believe farmers markets are business incubators, key to building a sense of community, local food security, agritourism, and economy.
- Farmers deserve to be paid for their work. We do not work for free.
- We are not a page torn from the Foxfire series. We respect Appalachian traditions, but eagerly incorporate contemporary farming methods that complement our sustainable farm philosophy inspired by the work of internationally acclaimed farmer, Jean-Martin Fortier. Fortier’s French Bio-Intensive plans are well suited to small farms in Appalachia.
- We cook like we farm, drawing from influences around the globe.
- Through recipes, gardening tips, and community outreach we share what we learn. We conduct farm tours for schools sharing our love of agriculture. We share giggles, too!
- Soil is the most integral ingredient of a healthy farm. Adding soil amendments, cover crops, and implementing calculated crop rotations to enhance our soil is an ongoing mission.
- We believe in a bee-friendly environment. Beekeeping is in our blood. Flower production, while not profitable at this time, is part of our overall vision to nourish and strengthen the population of bees and native pollinators in Appalachia.
- Permaculture is a good thing. With hope for tomorrow, grape vines, blueberry shrubs, perennial flowers and greens are planted in the fields. Orchards are yet to come.
- We believe four season gardening is the wave of the future. The effectiveness of low tunnels, which are a low cost investment, allows farmers of limited means entry the marketplace. High Tunnels further extend produce availability.
- We need more farmers in Appalachia! Helping others grow a good life in Appalachia is critical to our region’s future.
- Growing slow food, cooking slow food, setting a table for family and friends to enjoy slow food; this is what makes us happy.
- There is no place like home. We are blessed to live in a big red barn and to farm on the banks of the Big Sandy in the Eastern Kentucky coalfields.
- We are Appalachia Proud hillbillies that farm on faith.
- We will never feed the world, but we will make a difference in the hills and hollers of Appalachia. And that is enough.
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