Sensor Station

Vesica Piscis

Farmsteading

Sovereignty & Stewardship

We maintain a small, diverse market garden that provides us with nutrient-dense produce grown in accordance and reciprocation with nature. What we can’t put to use we sell or share locally with those in need. We are members of Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. We sow into Tutalo/Monacan land and strive to honor their traditional wisdom through whole-hearted stewardship.

We aim to grow as much as we can with minimal or no purchased inputs, instead choosing to create our own through fermentation or cultivation. This effort allows us to consciously limit our dependency on purchased goods and the environmental impact that such production requires. We aim to elevate the natural system through intentional, organic amending and planting that focuses on soil ecology first and foremost.

Our approach focuses on the understanding that all of life and food production is simply an exchange of energy. Observing the relationships within this exchange allows us to understand our role as stewards and to identify areas that may, or may not, need our assistance or intervention.

Some of the practices we employ include no/low-till, cover cropping, green manure, vermiculture, interplanting, composting, techniques and methods from Korean Natural Farming, and the principles of Permaculture. There are numerous methods for growing organically and regeneratively; we use what we need to, when we need to, based on what the land, plants, and our intuition is telling us.


You can read more about our continuously evolving methods and experiences on our Gemini Wiki:


The Honorable Harvest

As written by Robin Wall Kimmerer

"The Honorable Harvest, a practice both ancient and urgent, applies to every exchange between people and the Earth. Its protocol is not written down, but if it were, it would look something like this:

Ask permission of the ones whose lives you seek. Abide by the answer.

Never take the first. Never take the last.

Harvest in a way that minimizes harm.

Take only what you need and leave some for others.

Use everything that you take.

Take only that which is given to you.

Share it, as the Earth has shared with you.

Be grateful.

Reciprocate the gift.

Sustain the ones who sustain you, and the Earth will last forever."

three large zucchini on a kitchen towel
a basket full of ripe red tomatoes
a praying mantis
a basket of pink and white beans
a hand holding a bunch of red radishes that have just been pulled from the ground
a man working a farm plot with rows of vegetables at the foot of the green Appalachian mountains
oregano from above
two red hens standing in grass
closeup photograph of mushrooms growing in the soil
kitchen countertop full of fresh beets
a golden finch perched upon on a sunflower
a woman in a raincoat leading a horse with a rope
a person reading a book in a hammock strung in front of a garden
small tea bags of worm castings with tags attached
a colorful salad of greens, radish, carrot, and violet
cabbage leaf with water drops on the surface
woman in a garden holding a bunch of chard above her head
small tomato plants growing in cups