Boulder Belt Eco-Farm (formerly Boulder Belt Gardens, than Boulder Belt Organics) was born in 1993 when Eugene and Lucy Goodman moved from College Corner, OH to a farm near New Paris, OH, where they lived and learned about sustainable market farming for almost 12 years. But in 2004 things began to change on that farm and Lucy and Eugene decided it was time to start looking for a place of their own. And September 1, 2005 they bought their very own farm just north of Eaton, OH on the 40' pitch on US RT 127
Back in 1993 the the market idea was born. The first garden was a few pepper plants and a 25' row of blue lake green beans that all did extremely well. The pears trees had a bumper crop too. Suddenly we were faced with growing piles of food. Being from town, I had no idea about putting up food other than some vague romantic notions of homesteading. Romance became pragmatism and soon we owned a chest freezer. I froze a lot of beans and peppers that year and we joked about finding a farmer's market and selling veggies the next year.
The next year we put in what we considered a huge garden and grew things to put up for winter and to sell. The garden was 50'x75' and was a lot bigger than any garden either on of us had had in the past. We thought we had a HUGE market garden. We did harvest and take things most Saturdays to the Richmond Farmer's Market, in Richmond, IN. But we did not make much money (I did not keep records back than, so I suspect we lost money on the project) nor did we have consistent product as we do now. But we had fun and started meeting interesting people and decided to try it again and expand the following season
Over time we grew from the original 25' x 75' garden plot to several acres of beds scattered over a 10 acre space. We also got into raising chickens for pastured meat and eggs (though we dropped the egg layers in 2002 because we wanted to be free of hens when we finally found another place to move). Now that we have found our farm we plan on having hens in the future. We also have lots of other plans that will be revealed as time goes on. Among other things we plan to do on our 9+ acres, we plan on having several commercially made greenhouses (as opposed to movable,unheated, homemade hoop houses) perhaps dug into the hillside, and we are growing our Farm Share Initiative as we go away from farmers markets and more towards all on farm sales
Moving a small farm that has been established for over a decade is no mean feat. We must have had over 5 semi tractor trailer loads of stuff to move. We had a moving party one Sunday that got around 10 of our friends out to help us move the household (But not much in the way of farming goods, except the 3-door commercial fridge that would not go into the 17' U-Haul box truck in an upright position but by the end of the day the men got their heads together and figured out how to get the thing into the U-Haul and got it hauled over to the Boulder Belt Farm-Yay!.) That was a huge help in getting the household goods over to the new place and even got a few rooms set up. And it was a lot of fun too.
It took another 6 weeks or so to get the rest of the farm over here but by the end of November we were officially moved in, just in time too because about a week after we finished moving the snow started flying.
The first 9 seasons here have been good. We have over 4 acres of beds. There are 106 100'x 4'beds. We expanded the asparagus by 100% in 2008 and in the same year the apples we planted the first year we were here bared their first fruits. The Farm Share is expanding exponentially and the store gets more business every year..
We are committed to growing our food Sustainably and Locally because food grown sustainably and locally is healthier for both us and the planet. Animals raised on wholesome food, fresh air and sunshine are happier, healthier than confinement farm operation (aka factory farmed) animals that are shut up in huge buildings in crowded, dirty, stressful conditions and fed the cheapest feed laced with antibiotics (to keep diseases at bay). Pastured livestock tastes better too, according to all of our customers. We had been certified by OEFFA until Oct. 2002, but when the USDA took over the organic certification we voluntarily dropped our organic certification. The USDA is encouraging farms to get big or get out and not supporting small farms like ours. These standards, that small independent, contrary farmers have worked fir decades to get credible, have become more corporate smut. We are very glad to not be all wrapped up in the USDA organic BS. Instead of going through the hoops of Organic certification done by a third party inspector, we invite our customers and members out to our farm to see how we do what we do and ask questions. This is how you can learn more about the food you eat and how to eat wholesome, local nutritious food. We know a lot about this and we are willing to talk about it.
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Boulder Belt Eco-Farm 3257 US 127 N Eaton, Ohio
Happy Eaters at our first annual Farm to Fork field Day. A fund raiser for MOON Co-op
This past October we had our first Farm to Fork event. It was a fund raiser for MOON Co-op in Oxford, Ohio. We have been members of MOON Co-op from its' inception and since they opened their store 3 years ago we have been selling them produce. So we decided since they have been supporting us and are a part of our community we would have a fund raiser for them and get people out to the farm to see how beautiful it is and to eat our great produce and poultry. On October 26th 2014 on a beautiful warm fall day, around 20 people showed up at the farm and worked all afternoon pulling up tomato plants and the stakes that supported them all summer. Than we ate food from the farm-chicken and dumplings, a root bake, kale salad, mescaline salad, and squash pie and pear cobbler for dessert while we listened to Lisa Biales play. Afterwards we had a farm tour and than everyone left full of food and purpose. It was a great day!
Happy workers at our first annual Farm to Fork field Day. A fund raiser for MOON Co-op
I have noticed in my web-stats that I am getting a lot of visitors from Colorado. FYI, This website represents an Ohio farm that happens to be situated on a Boulder Belt (and terminal moraine). We would love to grow local food for all you Coloradians but we are simply too far away. Check out Local Harvest for a farm near you
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This video was shot June 2011, which was wet early than it dried up and got hot.