HOW WE GROW
At Eden Ridge Acres we care deeply about the quality of our food and the regenerative practices of our farming. Producing healthy foods that nurtures our own family, as well as others is valued with integrity. We offer a diverse selection of chemical-free food, year-round on our farm.
From seed to harvest we’re growing our produce using organically grown methods and raising our antibiotic and hormone-free animals on pasture, and good old-fashioned sunlight.
Our mission is to reunite farm and family back to the table. To provide the local community with a renewed appreciation for heritage farming and food.
IT STARTS WITH THE SEED
We use organic, heirloom and non-GMO seeds only.
OUR GROWING PHILOSOPHY
All of our produce is grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. We take extra precaution; our farm is also part of the Field Watch registry (the no spray list.) Our produce is naturally good for you, and pollinator friendly! A win, win for all!
DISEASE & PEST CONTROL
We manage diseases and pests by employing methods such as crop rotation, companion planting methods and physical barriers such as row cover and wildflowers. These methods help deter certain pests and attract the good pests! As a last resort, if ever needed, we may use naturally organic-approved pesticides to help save a crop.
CARING FOR THE SOIL
Building our soil fertility through the use of cover crops plays an important part on our farm. Whenever possible, we seed cover crops following each vegetable crop, or at least cover the ground. Our goal is to have as much of the farm covered as possible before the winter months. Feeding the soil is one of our top goals. Healthy soil provides healthy food.
Diversity is key to a healthy farm, so we grow a wide variety of produce. Weeds are controlled with mulches (like straw, plastic mulch, landscape fabric and “living” mulches) and minimal cultivation, as well as some good old-fashioned hoeing and hand-weeding!
Farm family tested! Local community approved!
Growing what local Iowa families want to eat!
Every crop we grow, is something our own family personally serves on our own farm table, too.