How We Farm
Piedmont Homestead is a small farm and homestead in Dallas, NC. We grow beyond organic, nutrient-dense vegetables the Gastonia Farmer’s Market and Farm Pickup. When we say small farm, we mean very small, only about 1/5 of an acre. We are 100% hand tool based farm that allows us to be on the ground and focused on growing the best produce we can. By not disturbing the soil (no-till/no-dig), we’re able to build healthy, active soil that grows nutrient-dense food and healthy plants. Our healthy soil and practices allow us to grow crops year-round. We grow intensively, spacing crops closely, and we replant beds many times a year.
We grow using Beyond Organic and Regenerative Agriculture, which is to say we go the maximum extent we can to look at the whole picture to always make sure we add more then we take by farming. We never use synthetic chemical sprays or GMOs.
Organic or Non-GMO Seed is seeded in Dirtcraft Organics Seed Starting Mix. We source our seed from a variety of suppliers some include Sow True Seed, Johnny’s Selected Seed, Baker Creek Seeds, and Fedco Seeds. Seeds are sown in our high tunnel, and germinated in our living room. We transplant the seedlings (or direct seed) into our permanent beds. The beds got an application of pelleted dolomite lime to bring our acidic soil up to a more produce growing friendly pH. We only apply an organic compost from a local composter, Earth Farms.
We are 100% hand tool based farm. Produce is managed with row covers for pests and shade cloth for those hot summer days. We never use chemicals on the farm. Harvests are by us and are wash/packed in our purposeful built building. Produce is stored in our walk-in cooler. From germination to packing, it is all done our farm!
We raise a breed of chickens called Golden Comets. We feed an Organic and Soy-Free Feed from a local mill Reedy Fork Farms, garden scraps and plenty of water. The hens are raised on a variety of pasture and woodland habitat. Our chicken coop is mobile and surrounded by electric fencing to protect them from predators. The chickens are moved once they have almost exhausted their area, typically 2-3 weeks with 22 hens. We are using the chickens to disturb the wooded areas during the summer months and follow them with a planting of perennial grasses and forage allowing us to regenerate the land back to a silvopasture habitat.
Why "Piedmont Homestead"
Who We Are
Food is medicine and we farm to produce the very best medicine. More than just “Organic”, we aim to heal our land and community. Farming without the use chemicals. Our produce is grown on the farm free from contaminants, chemicals or pesticides. We don’t even use a tiller, only hand tools!