Rusty Bird Farm
Rusty Bird Farm is located on our off-grid homestead in Walden. We grow a wide variety of vegetables on 1 ½ acres and also produce seedlings, maple syrup, sauerkraut and eggs. We follow organic growing practices but are not certified organic. Our soil program involves compost and manure, mineral amendments, organic fertilzers and cover crops. Our heavy soils require substantial tillage in their initial years. Now that our fields are established we look forward to experimenting with low-till equipment, crop rotations, cover crops and mulch to reduce soil disturbance. We have never used any pesticides, organic or chemical, instead focusing on crop health and the use of physical barriers like row cover. We have two large hoophouses for growing tomatoes in the summer and greens in winter and a small hoophouse to raise seedlings in the spring. Our love of vegetables shows through the diversity found in our fields. We are constantly trialing varieties to find the best tasting and strongest growing cultivars.
Rusty Bird Farm is named after the Rusty Blackbird, an imperiled and unique species found throughout the boreal forests of this continent. Before starting to farm full-time, Caleb spent three memorable springs studying these birds in the bogs of northern New England and Alaska.
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Listing Title: Rusty Bird Farm