I’m Mimmy Arnstein and I farm here at Well Spring Farm.
We’ve got about five acres of organic vegetables, flowers, herbs and cover
crops. And I’ve been farming here for six years now. I first came to
to farm because it was my impression that
was the kind of state that really would support small-scale agriculture, and
indeed I’m happy to find out that my impression was right. We sell produce to
our community through community supported agriculture. Every week we give 130
families a share of the harvest, and that’s a share of what’s coming out of
the fields that very week.
When I came to
I knew that I wanted to grow food for the community. For our size farm it
isn’t efficient or really economically viable for us to ship produce down to
. We’ve got to grow very intensively on our five acres and sell as locally as
we can. It’s a big plus for me to know the people that our eating our food
each week. And one of the things we really focus on at Well Spring Farm is
really creating an experience for people who come to the farm so that they
connect with the land that their food is coming from.
From the start NRCS, and in particular Bruce Chapell, have
been very helpful to establishing a sustainable farm here. Right from the
beginning when we were looking at the property, one of our first stops was to
the NRCS office where we looked over soil maps and soil types, talked with the
folks who worked there, discussed what kind of crops and what kind of methods
would work best on our soil.
So NRCS came out to discuss installing tile drainage on our
property because a lot of our soil is not as well drained as we would like it to
be. They did all of the engineering work and the site assessment to map out
where the tile would go and then helped us talk with the folks that actually did
the physical work and oversaw that. At this point we’ve got a good three acres
that have been tiled and it has absolutely changed the nature of our soil. This
farm is so much better because of the work that we were able to do with NRCS’
If folks know that NRCS is out there and folks know more
about what NRCS can do for them, they’re an indispensible tool to help farmers
maximize the potential that their land offers, while also thinking about the
environment and taking care of the environment.