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Our Farming Philosophy - Bionutrient Agriculture

Ollin Farms believes in the principle of sustainable agriculture.  Our goal is to produce top quality farm products with minimum impact on the surrounding environment.  We view our farm as a living, connected eco-system and do many things to ensure the health of the plants, animals, water, and soil that encompass it.   

Whether it is feeding our family or supplying our customers, our focus at Ollin Farms has always been to produce nutritious, flavorful vegetables. The bionutirent model is founded on getting the right nutrients, in the right proportions into an active, living soil.  This includes the small group of nutrients used to raise most of today’s food products as well as the numerous micro-nutrients that are needed by humans and animals to be “healthy”.  Where modern agriculture tells us to feed the plant, the bionutirent model tells us to feed the soil.  Ultimately it is the soil that will determine the health of everything that grows out of it, including the farm and the community.

We realize the importance of working with nature, not against it.  Understanding and promoting the natural soil food web and nutrient cycling in plants allows us to build robust farming systems healthy enough to naturally fend off disease and insect pressure.
 

Our farming model includes
Mineralized Soil
Robust Soil Biology
Halthy, Nutrient Dense Plants
Lots of hard work and Love for the Land

Our farming model DOES NOT include
GMOs
Government Subsidies
Herbicides and Pesticides
 (not even the "organic" approved ones)


  

 

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all.  It is the healer and restorer, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.  Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.

Given only the health of the soil, nothing that dies is dead for very long.  Within this economy it seems that death occurs only for the good of life.  And having followed the cycle around, we see that we have not only a description of the fundamental biological process, but also a metaphor of great beauty and power.  It is impossible to contemplate the life of the soil for very long without seeing it as analogous to the life of the spirit.  No less than the faithful of religion is the good farmer mindful of the persistence of life through death, the passage of energy through changing forms.

And this living topsoil- living in both the biological sense and in the cultural sense- is the basic element in the technology of farming.

                    - Wendell Berry

 

   

The Story Behind Our Name:

Ollin is an Aztec word meaning constant motion or transformation.  We chose this name for our farm because of our view of it as a living, changing organism.  No two days on the farm are ever the same and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our products, services, and sustainability.  The Aztec civilization was a model for sustainable agriculture.  Back when organic farming was the only option, the Aztecs found ways to efficiently farm difficult locations and were able to feed huge populations by developing clever distribution systems to quickly get food from the farmer to the consumer. 

 

     

                      

 





 
 

 

 
 

 

 

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