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In Case You Missed It- TN Local Food Summit 2017 Recap

Written By: Jeff Poppen Photos by: Sherman Thomas – See more at The Lost Art of Farming Nashville’s local food movement celebrated it’s 7th annual Summit December 1, 2 & 3 at Montgomery Bell Academy. Chris, a MBA science teacher, … Continue reading

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Growing Food- Good for the Mind and the Body

In nature, as with life, everything is connected. Symbiotic relationships are ever-present.  Grass is good for cows and cows are good for grass lands, bees need flowers just as the flowers need the bees, and fruits and vegetables need humans … Continue reading

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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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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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Plan Your Plantings

Planning plantings to provide people who’ve previously pledged payments with plenty of produce places particularly peculiar and perplexing parameters around the potential possibility of periodic over productions. It is way too easy to grow way too much. Our first plantings … Continue reading

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Too Much Sun

We sat in the field, letting the sun kiss our skin while we watched the butterflies and fairies play, and the wildflowers and grass dance. Our fingers worked to pull up the weeds that were choking the garlic and stealing … Continue reading

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I Am But A Single Cell, By Olivia Cantrell

  We are so lucky to always have such talent and creativity on our farm. The poem below is by an intern from two seasons ago, Olivia Cantrell.   I Am But A Single Cell I am but a single … Continue reading

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I Love Organic Gardeners

I enjoy being around organic gardeners. They are a fun and inquisitive bunch, with lots of questions and unique experiences. Every garden is different, an artwork of soil, plants, and animals created by an artist with dirty fingernails. Winter time … Continue reading

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Gertrude and Fred are Dating

You probably already know since I am too excited about it to keep it to myself, but I just got a dairy cow! She is a Guernsey named Gertrude.   She started out really angry. I took her away from … Continue reading

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Dear Facebook Friends: I Don’t Read My Own Facebook

Dear Facebook Friends, I have chosen not to look at computers for a variety of reasons. My time is spent outside during daylight, tending plants, animals and farming equipment, or shooting the breeze with neighbors and friends. I value computers … Continue reading

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Cow Skull Biodynamic Prep

I spent this afternoon scooping the brains out of a cow’s skull. Then I helped shove white oak bark into it. Then I helped bury it in a muddy spot. I’ll get back to it after it stays there through … Continue reading

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General Overview of Our Planting Schedule

The following is an excerpt taken from a consultation report by Jeff Poppen on a farm in Tennessee giving a general overview and synopsis of our planting schedule: In April we plant onion, potato, lettuce, carrot, beet, and swiss chard. In … Continue reading

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What’s Your Opinion?

Here at Long Hungry Creek Farm we like to deliver only the best, highest quality produce. We have these turnips, and we think every single one of them are de-lic-ious, but we heard that some people don’t like the big … Continue reading

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Jeff Poppen’s Op-ed for the 2015 TN Local Food Summit

Tennessee’s 5th annual Local Food Summit again celebrates Nashville’s farmers and chefs and their supporters, who are committed to good agricultural practices, eating better, and stimulating the local economy. Although we can grow almost all of the crops we consume, … Continue reading

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Consultation Report

After typing up a consultation report to send to a recent client, I thought, “there is a ton of great information in here that people would probably love to read”, so I had to share with you all. The following … Continue reading

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