Our history & what we strive for

History

We are a family farm run by Ara Lynn and Paul Bush.  We have grown perennials and vegetables in New Ipswich for over twenty years.  We have always been committed to natural growing methods, and formerly ran a certified organic CSA.

In 2002 we began building greenhouses.   It was an enormous project!   Our college-aged sons helped.

In 2006 we started selling perennials at a push-cart stand at the end of our driveway.  We held a contest to find the right name for our farm.  Every year we kept working on the greenhouses and adding to our operation.

By 2009 we were almost finished building.  Our tiny pushcart stand has grown to a 30’ x 88’ retail greenhouse, sheltering us (& our customers!) from inclement weather.

Sustainable Agriculture in Action

We try to fit everything into the cycle on our farm, and are acutely aware of growing in harmony with our environment.  We try to minimize waste.

 

 

 

 

We recycle pots: We wash, sanitize and reuse unbroken pots and containers.  They must be sanitized for healthy plants.  We have to throw away broken containers and are not allowed to use pots with other brand names. 

We use good bugs instead of chemical pesticides.

We are big believers in beneficial insects.  We rarely spray chemicals, and when we do, it is something mild like insecticidal soap, horticultural oil, baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.  We’re delighted that mainstream agriculture is adopting practices we’ve always believed in.  Organic methods require that we pay close attention to what’s going on with our plants, but we believe it is well worth the effort.

Hoverfly larvae attacking aphids on a pepper leaf.

 

 

We use natural fertilizers. We have always used composted manure in our gardens, but using it in container plants can be tricky inside greenhouses.  Fish emulsion works but the potted plants may have an odor.  We are happy to have found Daniels Plant Food, a natural seed extract that in many ways works even better than chemical fertilizer.

We minimize our use of fossil fuels. We use wood pellets for our primary heat source.  Our greenhouse pellet stoves are a compact, portable commercial model made in the U.S.A.  We have found them rugged and reliable.

We cool with natural ventilation.  Greenhouses build up a lot of heat on sunny days.  Without ventilation, the plants (and people) would cook!  Our roof vents were expensive to install, but they use minimal electricity compared to exhaust fans, and they are much quieter.  We believe the plants prefer natural ventilation, too.

Our watering methods reduce waste and runoff. Our water is very pure.  Our greenhouses use the same water as our home.  The source is a nine-foot dug well, which is why we don’t grow mums—a very thirsty crop during the late summer—the droughty season.  Our watering methods—mats under the potted plants, dripper lines into the hanging baskets—conserve water.

Our Staff

We hire and train talented local people.  We are always learning more about plants and ways to help our customers.  We listen to our customers and our goal is to meet your needs and to have wonderful healthy plants for you to bring home.

Catherine applying beneficial insects


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