- What does "Pachamama" mean?
- The Produce We Grow
- Where You Can Get Our Produce
- Methods of Production
- Farming Techniques
The indigenous people of the Andes give praise to Pachamama, which is the Quechua word for “Earth Goddess”. We too share a deep reverence and appreciation for the living Earth “Gaia”, and the delicate web of life of that sustains us.
Asparagus, Sugar Snap and Snow Peas, Fava Beans, Green Beans, Spinach, Lettuce, Arugula, Asian Greens, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Chard, Tomatoes, Fennel, Carrots, Beets, Onions, Garlic, Leeks, Endive, Eggplants, Peppers, Zucchini, Melons, Cucumbers, Squash, Scallions, Radishes, Celery, Parsnip, Celeriac, Parsley Root, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Marjoram, and more!
Currently, you can get our vegetables and fruit by becoming a CSA member or eating at various restaurants in Boulder and Denver that are committed to supporting local farmers.
We have chosen not to be a “certified” organic farm because we believe that our community trusts us enough to know that the ecological integrity of our production methods is superior to any of those proposed by the USDA’s “organic certification” program. We also feel that the time and money needed to certify our farm is better invested into the farm itself. The farm is in many ways a wildlife sanctuary and is subsequently treated as such.
We never use any synthetically derived fertilizers or pesticides on our farm. The only product we’ve used as a rare insecticide application is Neem Oil. This is an extremely ecologically friendly extract from the Neem Tree. Our customers can be sure that if ever an emergency should arise in our crop production regarding nutrition or insect infestation that demanded acute action, any products used would be in compliance with the USDA certified organic production guidelines.
In an effort to boost long term soil health and fertility, we are currently developing a “Mob Grazing” or “Holistic High Density Planned Grazing” land management plan for the farm. In alliance with the principles of the Bionutrient Food Association, we grow the most nutrient dense food possible by ensuring that our soils have essential nutrients, minerals, and microbes to create healthy soil for healthy plants.
To promote healthy crops, we plant them during the season they grow “best.” This helps to minimize external inputs to the growing system. In a few instances, we use frost protection, such as synthetic row cover, in an effort to prolong the spring and fall, as the weather can be extremely variable during these months. Considering the relative brevity of our growing season, crop protection can be an essential component of a viable farm. We also use a light weight row cover to protect emerging crops from insects (i.e. flea beetles on arugula). The use of row cover is kept to a minimum due to the fragile and synthetic makeup of the fabric.
In addition to our overhead sprinkler system, we began using drip tape last year to irrigate some of our crops. Aside from being very efficient in minimizing evaporative loss through sprinkler spray, another advantage of using drip tape includes being able to keep water exactly where you want it. This is especially true in fields planted with crops that have differing watering needs, as well as when you want to keep water away from unwanted weeds. Some crops also greatly prefer to be watered directly on the roots versus onto the leaves because they are more susceptible to mold (e.g. tomatoes, squash, eggplants, and peppers). Moreover, drip tape enables you to deliver fertilizers and amendments (fertigation) directly to the plants with minimal excess when compared with sprinkler systems. For increased efficiency we plan to reuse the drip tape annually for as long as possible.
Thus far, we have been able to minimize our input to the landfill by avoiding the use of valuable plastic mulch. Mulch serves to protect the soil from evaporation and erosion, and among other things, keeps the weeds from overtaking plants. At times it seems like using plastic mulch may be the only way to stay competitive when producing annual crops because most farms are using it. Currently we are using old “poor” hay from our fields as mulch.
At Pachamama Farm, we use holistic practices in an effort to preserve precious topsoil and contribute to biodiversity whenever possible. We are consistently learning new ways to improve our farming systems and our relationship with Nature. Knowing that nutritious food comes from well-balanced soil, we use specific farming techniques and amendments to try to ensure that a wide variety of minerals and biological organisms are present in the soil to support our crops. Our fields show great potential thanks to the use of similar methodologies on this land prior to our arrival. Other efforts to build the foundation of our ecosystem include planting protective hedgerows and integrating soil nurturing cover crops into our field rotations.
We strongly oppose the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and support the initiative to ban these potentially devastating invaders from the environment. GMOs are industrially created crops that can destroy thousands of years of seed saving by our ancestors. Also, the consumption of these crops can transfer the engineered genetics into the human body where they can persist with unknown consequences. The consumption of the viruses used to splice genetic codes may also be dangerous. Furthermore, the idea that co-existence can happen between GM and non-GM crops, is a fabricated illusion. The spread of pollen by insects and wind is only limited by the distance between crops, giving