Author Archives: Jeff Poppen

Situation Much of middle Tennessee crop land is misused or not used at all. The way crops are grown currently for exporting out of state is increasingly under scrutiny by scientists and the public alike for their questionable affects on … Continue reading

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They Like It Hot

Below in an excerpt from a garden consultation that Jeff did last week. Maybe it could help you gain some insight into your own backyard garden!    Your garden needs humus, Find this black soil underneath where cows are fed … Continue reading

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Why Compost Works and Chemicals Don’t

The secrets of manuring are now being discovered in the fields of soil microbiology, and the incredibly rich interrelationships there. When we choose to refuse chemical fertilization, we instead rely on these complete interactions to supply our crops with the … Continue reading

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At Adam’s Farm

Below is an excerpt from this past Monday’s consultation. Winter is a great time for consultations, to get you ready for what to do in the following year. It is also our most free time, so you are more likely … Continue reading

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6th Annual TN Local Food Summit

The 6th annual Tennessee Local Food Summit began almost right on time. With excellent facilities at Tennessee State University’s downtown campus, the event ran from December 2 through December 4, 2016. A partnership with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee … Continue reading

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Explicit Instructions

Below is an excerpt from a consultation report Jeff wrote up for someone after visiting their farm. With your 7500 square feet of bed space in mind, here are my suggestions. I would ensure a good crop by incorporating: – … Continue reading

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Thinking of You Always

A note to our CSA members. Thinking of You Always When we sort potatoes in the middle of the week, I wonder what you‘ll do with them when we bring them to you on Monday. Then when we sort butternuts I … Continue reading

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Mid-October Garden Report

The mid-October garden report finds the farm in pretty good shape. We survived festival season and got a lot of much needed clean up done. Tomatoes and peppers are dwindling, but the fall beans are banging. Besides six rows of … Continue reading

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River Run Garden Project

To inquire about having Jeff Poppen out to your small garden or large farm, please click here.  About six months ago David approached me with a job he thought I might be interested in. He manages Second Harvest Food Bank … Continue reading

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First Press Release: TN Local Food Summit 2016

The 6th annual Tennessee Local Food Summit is at TSU’s downtown Avon Williams campus on December 2-4 this year. Local food means many more jobs, food security, better health and revitalizing family farms. According to Joel Salatin, “Local integrity food … Continue reading

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Hellbenders

Have you ever seen a hellbender? It is a two-foot long salamander that lives in the creeks that flow up to the Barren River. I’ve seen them twice, about 25 years ago, in the Long Hungry Creek.  The state biologist and … Continue reading

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The Coolest August in Years

I don’t have to tell anyone that this has been an unusual summer.  The unusually cool weather has extended green bean season, while parsley has suffered.  This kind of give and take is expected when the weather does strange things.  I count us … Continue reading

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Muddy Fields

The potatoes want to be harvested soon, too. The green tops are browning, and after they are dead for two weeks the skins will be tough enough to handle without peeling off. Then we’ll plow them up and get them … Continue reading

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Summer

A slow wet spring delayed garden work for a few weeks, but June found us busy as bees. The weeds are growing like weeds, and the vegetables are right behind them. It’s been a great growing season as long as … Continue reading

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The Gardens in December

by Jeff Poppen Beautiful and extremely productive gardens have graced that land around my cabin for the past 16 years. They have been well documented on the Volunteer Gardener program, so many people who hadn’t been able to visit still … Continue reading

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The Future of Long Hungry Creek Farm

If you are on Facebook, or if you received an email containing a message from Jeff, you may have seen the picture of Jeff’s house and the smaller tract of land that makes up Long Hungry Creek Farm, next to … Continue reading

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CSA Beginnings at Long Hungry Creek Farm

by Jeff Poppen The produce grown along the Long Hungry creek has become priceless-we don’t sell it anymore. The invaluable, farm fresh food is now free, and the folks who eat it cover the farm’s budget. You can’t buy vegetables … Continue reading

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How the Biodynamic Celebration First Got Started

by Jeff Poppen The Southeast Biodynamic Association was formed after our first annual conference in 1987. Realizing the value of shared experiences and observations, we agreed to gather together regularly, we think we are celebrating our silver anniversary, but our … Continue reading

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Master Gardeners

by Jeff Poppen I love the people involved in the Master Gardeners Program.  Their curiosity has led them to take courses in horticulture from State University professors, and to help out in community gardening projects. I’ve lectured to master gardeners … Continue reading

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Fall Crops

by Jeff Poppen By mid-August I have changed my box of seeds. The last of the summer crops are planted, and it’s time for the fall ones. Although a  few rows and beds of cabbage and lettuce are in to … Continue reading

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