Native Farming Project & Community Permaculture

Our Mission is to Feed and Educate the Population in an Eco-friendly Way and Honor Indigenous Heritage

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Project Description

About - The future of farming is female & sustainable.

We grow a wide variety of crops, Poultry, rabbits, mushrooms, fruit, honey, and wild edibles drawing from sustainable permaculture techniques, striving to improve the land, and the surrounding communities health. We want to actively teach others about  indigenous farming practices, wild edibles, and effective carbon sequestration on a sustainable farm. We want to help the community access naturally grown, pesticide free, and humanely raised foods from a local source. We produce a wide array of food items. Here is a little about what we do & how we grow.

What we Grow

Currently we produce a wide variety of intermingled row crops, eggs, bee products, fruit, wild edibles, cacti, rabbits, pheasants, chickens, geese, ducks, and turkeys.

Some Stats

We produce thousands of pounds of heirloom vegetables, fruit, nopal paddles, mushrooms, wild edibles, pastured poultry, quarts of honey, and thousands of eggs per year.

Whats Available Now

Pastured Poultry & Eggs

Pastured Poultry produces healthier, cleaner, happier birds, and better quality eggs. They are free to exercise, forage naturally for food, and enjoy the fresh air & sunshine. The result is premium flavorful meat, & superior eggs. They are NEVER caged, NEVER given antibiotics, and humanely raised. Our birds are bred from home stock generation to generation for hardiness and hatched on premises in our incubator. None of our birds are genetically engineered broilers that gain weight so fast they cannot naturally reproduce or die young because their frame cannot support them.

Heritage Crops

Our seeds are saved from year to year and chosen for form and habit. We grow generations old heirloom varietals, some uncommon. Always non-GMO, always, non-hybrid, NEVER grown with pesticides, or other chemicals.

Mushrooms, Fruit, Cacti, & Wild Edibles

Lions mane & wild bolette mushrooms seasonally available as well all manner of wild or unusual edibles including day lily corms, hosta shoots, Jerusalem artichokes, Nopal paddles, and wintergreen. We have Brandywine apples, and plums, as well as more interesting fruits such as viking, & beauty berries.

Honey Bees

If you truly want to be assured of responsible farming practices supplying what you have in your pantry look to a farm with bees. We take our guardianship over the hives very seriously & NEVER spray anything on the property.

Honey bees gathering at the entrance of one of the top bar hives.
First Blue Cream Berry Tomatoes of the Season.
AR honors her Abenaki/Penobscot heritage with companion planting practices handed down & perfected over millennia to produce massively abundant harvests efficiently using every inch of garden space efficiently.
The gorgeous plumage of a wild turkey raised on the homestead.

Our Why

Our planet needs our help and big ag CAFOs & subsidized mono culture is NOT the answer. Roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away—some 60 million tons (or $160 billion) worth of produce annually. The argument that big ag will feed the world is no longer a valid point. These operations cause harmful fish-kills, destroy the carbon sequestration capacity of our Great Plains, destroy habitat, poison the ground, sink farming families into debt, among other offenses. We want to expand our model in order to help teach others how to leverage these practices & farming cooperatives to better use our collective strength to farm well, streamline distribution, and increase the quality of life & revenue for family farms.

The namesake of the homestead & the most spoiled pig in VA.

Our goal is to further expand the scale of the symbiosis of livestock/crop sustainable & land healing scale we currently, engage with other local small farm to increase reach & efficiency, and expand to dairy, & bison. Our no till restorative agriculture with controlled burns heal the land & make harmful tilling and pesticides unnecessary.

Mixed row crops & companion planting such as the generations old three sisters garden create a verdant fairy tale environment.

Who Are We Anyway?

Spotted Pig Holler started on several acres of farmland right in the middle between Charlottesville & Richmond, VA. We raise many different species of poultry including heritage breeds such as Buff American Geese, as well as an on site rabbitry. We preserve native seeds & actively endeavor to rehab the land that was previously farmed in a way that did not honor the sacred soil beneath our feet. A large portion with a stream is untouched for habitat and an insectiary preserve.

Last fall Derek sold his home in California and moved to Spotted Pig Holler full time to help with the project. Both veterans of the armed services & active in our community we now wish to leave a lasting impression on the local farming community. Derek proudly served our country in combat in Iraq as a U.S. Marine. Amyrose left the Army has been growing in central Virginia for over a decade & is currently preserving native seed by  stocking the seed library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

Planting trap crops has allowed us to make pesticides to combat the squash boers unnecessary.

What We Need

This Kickstarter will help us secure the neighboring properties and cultivate them the same way, provide jobs in ag to the community, and preserve the bucolic nature of the surrounding landscape as an asset to the community.

If we make it to 15K we will have money to put in an education barn for the local schools to use to teach children about animal husbandry, seed life cycles, and organic farming methods. Benjamin Franklin said "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." We want to involve the young people of the community as well as other farmers in order to effect great change int he food production of the region. If we make it to 20K we need expanded fencing, livestock, farming equipment, and more employees.  Exceeding our goal will enable us to further produce & help excellent quality food reach even more people & can create even larger and more complicated companion planted gardens using livestock incrementally to amend the soil naturally. Additionally, I have 2 neighboring parcels that have been offered to me for free, but i need funds to be able to prepare the acerage, and buy materials & hire help. This is what solidarity looks like, I can't do it all alone. 

Endangered Watch List Buff American Geese roaming the grounds.
We are a safe haven for bees.

 

We have a large support network of locals willing to volunteer to make these dreams happen. We hope you see value in our goals and will help us on this journey. We both have full time jobs that allow us to work from home making this goal completely attainable but need your help to take this to the next level and make a real impact on our community from Charlottesville, to Richmond, to Northern Virginia.

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The Project FAQs

We work with donating to local non profits, we grow organically, we strive to do the most good each day possible. 

Thank you for looking!

 

 

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Glass Gem Corm Seed Pack

Do you want to be a cool kid? Of course you do! Pony up a few clams and the delight and wonder of GLASS GEM CORN can be growing in your garden too.

105 days. Amazing color! Indescribably beautiful flint or popcorn comes in an endless range of colors. Translucent kernels really do shine brilliantly like glass—on the cob they resemble strands of glass beads! The 3-8” ears are consummately decorative, but edible and delicious as well. Makes firm little morsels when popped; can also be parched, ground into meal, and more. Sturdy plants reach to 9’ in height and throw numerous sideshoots where the season is long enough. Bred from a number of native varieties by Carl “White Eagle” Barnes, the famous Cherokee corn collector to whom we owe our gratitude for his life’s work of collecting, preserving and sharing so many native corn varieties.

 

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Spotted Pig Holler Bumper Sticker

About 10 years ago I fell in love with agriculture. For $10 y'all will receive a 4" decal to show your dedication to a sustainable future in food for your car, laptop, dog, rickshaw, bathroom wall in your favorite dive bar, or wherever

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Signed "SWIPE RIPE" Calendar

You can bring it on home for your office or she shed with your very own full size wall calendar.

Your friends would treasure this, your mom called, she wants one too!

12 months of photos (and bonus shots) that will give your man eggplant envy.

Signed by Mr. "October"

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Spotted Pig Holler Tee

We will send you a Spotted Pig Holler Logo Soft-style Tee. Great for developing that farmer's tan we know you all want to work on.

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Spotted Pig Holler Bundle

Signed Calendar, Seeds, Bumper Sticker, AND a Spotted Pig Holler T.

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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$7
Glass Gem Corm Seed Pack

Do you want to be a cool kid? Of course you do! Pony up a few clams and the delight and wonder of GLASS GEM CORN can be growing in your garden too.

105 days. Amazing color! Indescribably beautiful flint or popcorn comes in an endless range of colors. Translucent kernels really do shine brilliantly like glass—on the cob they resemble strands of glass beads! The 3-8” ears are consummately decorative, but edible and delicious as well. Makes firm little morsels when popped; can also be parched, ground into meal, and more. Sturdy plants reach to 9’ in height and throw numerous sideshoots where the season is long enough. Bred from a number of native varieties by Carl “White Eagle” Barnes, the famous Cherokee corn collector to whom we owe our gratitude for his life’s work of collecting, preserving and sharing so many native corn varieties.

 

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$10
Spotted Pig Holler Bumper Sticker

About 10 years ago I fell in love with agriculture. For $10 y'all will receive a 4" decal to show your dedication to a sustainable future in food for your car, laptop, dog, rickshaw, bathroom wall in your favorite dive bar, or wherever

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$30
Signed "SWIPE RIPE" Calendar

You can bring it on home for your office or she shed with your very own full size wall calendar.

Your friends would treasure this, your mom called, she wants one too!

12 months of photos (and bonus shots) that will give your man eggplant envy.

Signed by Mr. "October"

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$35
Spotted Pig Holler Tee

We will send you a Spotted Pig Holler Logo Soft-style Tee. Great for developing that farmer's tan we know you all want to work on.

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$100
Spotted Pig Holler Bundle

Signed Calendar, Seeds, Bumper Sticker, AND a Spotted Pig Holler T.

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