So, sustainably grown… exactly what does that mean? At Jello Mold Farm it means much, much more than just freedom from toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
First and foremost, it means a commitment to land stewardship. We have set aside one third of our seven acres for wildlife habitat. These hedgerows, thickets and native trees provide an important bridge into the farmland for many animals. And that’s extra important because our farm sits directly across the road from the river.
We have beetle banks and wild grassy areas to support voles. The cupola on our barn is outfitted as a bat house and we built a special rock pile “condo” for garter snakes. Our efforts are rewarded with frequent sightings of harrier hawks, sparrow hawks, red tail hawks, ospreys, bald eagles, three kinds of owls and an occasional heron.
Our farming practices begin and end with a robust composting program. By adding mineral amendments, certified organic fertilizers and compost, we enrich the soil as we farm, supporting an increasing diversity of critters great and small.
Healthy soil means healthy plants. Because we grow so many different kinds of flowers and foliage plants, our farm feeds a wide array of insect life. They, in turn, help to keep disease cycles and pests in balance.
At Jello Mold Farm we believe in reincarnation. Pretty much everything has a second, third and fourth use. We are passionate recyclers— from purchasing used building materials to recycling plastic pots, paper, glass and metal. If we can figure out another use for it, we keep it in the chain. Dennis even writes songs about recycling.
We use drip irrigation and mulching techniques to minimize water use. And we are committed to marketing our products locally. It just makes sense. Ecological sense and economic sense. Jello Mold Farm is proud to be certified Salmon-Safe!