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Welcome to Plum Granny Farm!

We're glad you stopped by for a (virtual) visit to our farm and to see what we are up to these days.

Plum Granny Farm is a USDA Certified Organic small family farm located in the north central piedmont area of North Carolina. The farm is set on 54 beautiful acres of rolling countryside just south of Hanging Rock State Park in the Capella community.

We are building on our heritage as a NC Century Farm, as the farm has been in the Ferguson family for over 140 years.  We grow raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, garlic, ginger, specialty veggies, herbs and cut flowers.

Although full-time farming is fairly new to us, we both have deep connections to our farming heritage.  Cheryl grew up on this farm and her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all practiced the art of cultivation on this soil.  Ray has his farming roots in Kansas where his mother grew up amid some of the most beautiful soil that has ever been seen.

Our approach to farming is to nurture the soil and the land to return it to its optimal state.  Building the soil with cover crops, compost and manure will help us produce better, healthier crops and is an essential part of our sustainability.

We hope you'll stop by frequently to check out our blog and check on the crops.  Our website will continue to grow and develop just as our farm continues to do.  So join us in our adventure!

Here's to good growing and good eating!

Cheryl & Ray

Ray & Cheryl, owners of Plum Granny Farm

Photo:  Walt Unks, Winston-Salem Journal

 

 

 

News and blog

Plum Granny Farm Weekly Update for February 15, 2019 -- Rainbows, Full Moons and Bluebirds -- Oh My!

Posted by Cheryl :: Friday, February 15 :: 11:57am

Hello Farm Friends!  Happy Friday!

When your morning starts with a rainbow, that's a good thing, right?

Yes, today started with a rare morning rainbow -- not sure if we should view it as a sign of good luck or the foreshadowing of the 4 inches of rain predicted for next week.  Let's go with the good luck, shall we?

A busy week here at the farm as we continue in our preparations for the full-tilt farming that lies ahead.  Raz House, one of our high tunnels, has gone from a chickweed plot to a well-groomed place ready to receive snap peas and squash in just a few weeks. 

 

We are trying a new method for our snap and snow peas this season.  Now that paperpots have been approved for use on Organic farms, we decided to give them a try.  This Japanese invention lets you seed and transplant in the same container.  The "pots" consist of 264 cells connected by a paper chain of various lengths.  We'll be using 2 inch spacing which will work well for our peas. Pretty cool, huh?

   

The typical method of using the paper chain pots is with a transplanter that is specifically designed to place the pots in a precise row.  However, with the transplanter costing over $900 (!), we found a more budget-friendly tool to use (less than $100) -- we'll keep you posted on how it works.

Our greenhouse continues to fill up with seedlings and the dance of moving seed trays on and off the heatmats is well underway.  This week we got the tomatoes and cucumbers settled in their new greenhouse grow bag homes.  Fingers crossed for tasty cucumbers when Cobblestone Farmers Market begins on April 6 -- and tomatoes not too far behind!

 

Let's Help the Bluebirds! 
According to the NC Bluebird Society, prior to the 1930’s, the Eastern Bluebird was one of North Carolina’s most common songbirds.  By 1979, bluebirds were declared rare and uncommon.  Human activities and severe winters resulted in a 90% decline in bluebird populations.  The continuing loss of natural nesting sites, the introduction of invasive species, and other problems faced by bluebirds make it likely that this beloved bird will always need our help.

A great way to help these insect-loving birds is to build nesting boxes.  Here's an opportunity to build your own bluebird nesting box and learn about the proper placement and appropriate habitat for these beautiful and useful creatures!  We'll provide all the materials necessary for building a "bluebird approved" house for you to take home.  No carpentry skills necessary! 

The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 16 from 2-5.  The cost of the workshop is $35 per person.  In addition to bluebird houses, we'll also talk about native bees and have Orchard Mason Bee Houses available for purchase.  To register, please click here and complete the form.  

That's the news for this week!  Enjoy President's Day Weekend and take a moment to look up in the sky for February's Full Moon.  This is the Full Snow Moon and it will peak on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:53 a.m. although it will appear completely full the night before.

Enjoy our first daffodil blossom of the season and remember this -- just 33 days until Spring! 

Until next week,

Cheryl & Ray

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Our Online Store is Ready to Serve You!

Our online store is fully stocked and waiting for your orders! Click here to go right to the shelves.  You'll find our popular fruit-forward Jams (regular and gift-size jars), Garlic Powder and Granules as well as our new Ginger Powder and Lavender Sachets!  

NEW!  Local customers can order online and arrange to pick up their items at the farm.

 

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Watch Us!

Ray talks ginger with Lisa

Check out the terrific feature that Flavor, NC did on Plum Granny Farm!  You can view the episode at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365069548/  They did a great job showing our garlic, ginger & berry production - plus a few other surprises! We are paired with Chef Jay from Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen who makes some wonderful garlic recipes!  Enjoy!

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