Big changes...with your support, we're growing! We've bought the farm!
Four years ago we turned over the dirt of just 5 acres in Limestone, TN at the confluence of Little Limestone Creek and the Nolichucky River, and there began our River Creek Farm. We produced enough food for our seasonal feature menu at our first location of The Main St Pizza Co in Johnson City and distributed farm shares to about 20 members in our first year. Now as we head in to our fifth production season, it's obvious that our commitment to local, sustainable food sources is an initiative supported by our community....We've grown to over 160 members peak season, found footing with our second restaurant location in Kingsport, TN, and we've maxed out our growing space!
As restauranteurs and now experienced farmers, we've witnessed our community craving higher quality food choices and supporting sustainable changes to our food system. The growth we've experienced as we've featured responsibly-produced food in the restaurant and home veggie subscription speaks to the difference our customers are tasting. We've committed to taking this to the next step....We've expanded! With the 2018 season, we're taking leaps and bounds to improve our production measures and increase our efforts towards sustainability--we're finally out of the flood zone! Our original 5 acre plot is just a two mile float downstream from the new farmland, still within beautiful Limestone, TN, and again at another confluence, where Moore Branch creek joins that winding Nolichucky, and we have room to stretch out. With higher ground comes permanent structures and increased efficiency through automation (hear tractors!); we're about to cut new ground!
We choose to farm as a sustainable solution for increasing the amount of local, seasonal foods consumed by our community. We grow & distribute year round to increase accessibility to freshly harvested, cleanly produced foods; to reduce fossil fuels required for long distance transportation; to keep sales within our local economy; to support independence from a cross-continental food supply chain; to support small farmers and businesses; to encourage the use of sustainable growing practices over conventional methods; to improve the nutritional value of the food on our plates.
We believe in organic methods and follow organic practice on our farm, and scrutinize the products we source from other farmers to the same standards; however, we do not intend to seek organic certification. We rely on natural solutions such as row covers, diatomaceous earth, hand weeding, crop rotation, worm compost tea, and mulching.