About The Farm and Farmers
Doe Run Farm is located in a rural picturesque valley, surrounded by the gently rolling hills of southern Tennessee. Located midway between the cities of Huntsville and Nashville, we deliver weekly farm boxes through our Community Supported Agriculture program, to both areas. You may pick up at one of our pick up locations, take advantage of our Home delivery service or we can deliver to your Workplace for the convenience of employees.
Our farm offers an outstanding selection of seasonal vegetables each week in your farm box. Fresh produce is included too, plus fruit or berries seasonally. We grow many of your “old time favorites”, and there’s also a few new introductions each season to tempt your taste buds.
Here is how we grow our crops…our farming methods.
At Doe Run Farms, we use organic methods learned before and during the years our farm was certified organic. We made a decision not to re-certify our farm a few years ago, due to the amount of paperwork involved for a small diversified farm such as ours. We continue to farm today using the same methods as we did when we were certified organic.
Our farm as well as our partner farms are all small, sustainable farms. To raise our crops we grow our own transplants from seed, apply compost inside our tunnels and on our fields as needed, use cover crops to help provide nutrients and minimize weed growth to fields when the fields are not in crop production We grow in raised beds using mulch, utilize drip irrigation, and rotate our crops to better control insects and the spread of plant disease. We do not use GMO or treated seeds.On our farm we also grow flowers in our fields to attract beneficial insects that help to deter predatory insects from setting up shop! The farmers that grow fruits for us such as peaches and apples and our sweet potato farmer, use non organic methods in order to grow peaches and apples that are not wormy, and sweet potatoes that are marketable.
Growing a rich diversity of crops every season helps ensure a thriving ecosystem on our farms. If during our growing season, a particular crop has a disease issue or an insect problem that needs attention, our first treatment of choice would be an organic treatment method. However, more often than not we can just pull out the affected plant(s) by their roots, and burn them. Early detection often prevents larger problems.
About the Farmers at Doe Run Farms…the personal side.
Let us introduce ourselves-
We are John and Judy McGary, your farmers at Doe Run Farms. We have lived in the northern Alabama and southern Tennessee areas for the past 50 years. We have been married for 57 years and we have three grown children.
We are both natives of Kentucky, and were raised by parents and grandparents that farmed and truly lived the “farm life”. Like a lot of other young folks, we really didn’t want to stay on the farm once we finished school. Once I finished high school, we were married and moved away for John to attend Graduate school. After that, we began our family. The years passed, our children grew up and began their lives. When the time came for us to retire, we decided to move out of town and settle on a farm. We started raising a large garden, and one summer we decided to take some of what we grew to the Farmer’s market in Franklin Tn. Then we decided to set up at the Madison Alabama Farmers market when it first opened on Warehouse Row in Madison. We continued with these markets for about 3 years and came to the conclusion that a CSA would be a better business model for us if we were going to continue to grow food vs. doing Farmers markets. Thankfully farmers have more than one option to market their crops. CSA at our farm is now in it’s 12th year of operation and we sell everything we grow through the CSA. And no, we weren’t really ready for retirement we found out.
How our farm has evolved..
Through the years we became friends with several other farmers in our area (Tn.& Al.) We learned that some friends were real experts at growing certain crops. Generally these were crops they really enjoyed growing year after year. (Every farmer has some crops they’d rather not grow.) Over time, between ourselves, we decided on a plan that would be beneficial to us as a whole, and that would help us provide more diversity in our weekly farm boxes. Our friendship that developed into a partnership, guaranteed our CSA program a consistent more diverse supply of vegetables, fruit, and produce throughout the seasons than what we could provide our customers on the amount of land that we farmed. In turn, it provided our farm partners with an outlet for the sale of their crops which they didn’t have previously, and with no sales effort on their part or time spent away from their farms. Doe Run Farms was already marketing our farm’s CSA program through our website and other outlets, already making deliveries to several locations and were blessed with support from our current customers. Our partnership has been a good thing for everyone, including our farm supporters. As of today there are at least a dozen small farms in addition to ours, that contribute to the weekly farm boxes over the season. Your CSA share purchase from Doe Run Farms helps to keep each of our farms economically viable.
We are blessed with an outstanding CSA community of farm supporters. Because of the support you provide to all of us, we will live to farm another day! We thank you.