The onsite farm at Terakee will focus on small-scale agricultural practices and methods, to ensure the health of the land and to promote what we believe to be a more sustainable approach to food production. This has many asking, what is small-scale agriculture? How is it different from the larger farms commonly seen all over the country? What are the benefits?
Our approach to small-scale agriculture prioritizes holistic farming methods, specifically a permaculture oriented method, where an emphasis is placed on simulating or carefully utilizing natural ecosystems. The use of hand tools whenever necessary, no chemical fertilizers and a priority placed on growing a diverse assortment of produce, flowers and herbs are also part of our small-scale farming operation at Terakee.
By not over using or exploiting the land and soil, small-scale farming and permaculture contribute to the overall health of the land, environment and the community where the farm is located. Crops are grown on a smaller piece of land, and rotated to create a system that is self sustaining. The crops grown on a small-scale farm are sold directly to the consumer, within, or in close proximity to, the community.
10 Benefits of supporting small-scale agriculture
- A deeper connection to where your food comes from
- You know your farmer personally
- Access to a diverse assortment of seasonal, nutritionally dense produce
- Direct support and benefit to the local economy
- Opportunities to connect with other community members
- No harsh chemicals or fertilizers to avoid
- Healthier soil, water and air to enjoy
- A resilient local food system, bringing more food security directly to you and your neighbors
- Reduced carbon footprint
- Educational opportunities in nutrition, farming, at-home gardening, cooking and more, available to you and your family