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Valley Co-op is pleased to welcome South Mountain MicroFarm as a new supplier of sustainably-raised, chemical free produce (& fish!) right here in Washington County, MD! Started in 2014, South Mountain MicroFarm is located on a 30 year old Christmas tree farm that is being restored to life by the Sellers Family. Some of our customers may remember Levi Sellers from when he was an assistant store manager for Valley Co-op a few years ago. Levi, along with his family, have added an aquaponics greenhouse to the farm to expand the business with sustainability and the environment in mind.
Aquaponics is a hybrid system that combines organic farming, hydroponics (soiless plant culture), and recirculating aquaculture. This creates an ecosystem in which both plants and fish can thrive. Raising crops in this method is natural, sustainable, safe and uses one tenth of the water that traditional field methods require.
The Sellers will continue to offer Christmas trees and have partnered the Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) as part of their commitment to sustainabilty. For EVERY Christmas Tree purchased from their farm, TWO will be replanted…one on their farm and another planted as part of an ecosystem restoration project.
This week is the first harvest for South Mountain MicroFarm and they are bringing their first lettuce pickings direct to Valley Co-op’s store. Lettuces will also be ready to order this weekend and soon to follow other vegetables and sustainably raised tilapia!
Stay tuned for more exciting news from this up and coming entrepreneurial farm!
South Mountain MicroFARM is located at:
6138 Clevelandtown Rd.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Learn more on the web at: www.southmtnmicrofarm.com, or
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