We have been planting, growing, and harvesting vegetables on our six-acre homestead in Kennedyville in Kent County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 2013. We moved here after 15 years in our nation’s capital, and are originally from Pennsylvania.
As Certified Naturally Grown growers, we don’t use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs. The main difference between CNG and certified organic is CNG’s certification model, which relies on peer inspections, transparency, and direct relationships with local consumers and retailers.
We are passionate about learning new ways from sources like the Bionutrient Food Association to improve the structure and richness of the soil, for example to compensate for the low level of boron and molybdenum. We strive continuously to build up soil nutrients and minerals by following nutrient-dense growing practices.
We grow our vegetables from seedlings started in our greenhouse and seeds planted directly in the ground using our Jang Seeder. We acquire seeds, bulbs, slips and seed potatoes from organic sources. We dry and save seeds for some vegetables (like the Seminole pumpkins pictured here) to plant in the next year.
We raise most of our produce in 30″ wide beds (raised and permanent). In 2017, we started using a BCS walk-behind tractor for rotary harrowing and intensively mowing beds. We use Kubota and Massey Ferguson tractors for mowing pasture, discing, tilling new plots, and creating or reshaping raised beds. We extend the season in an unheated 96-ft long high tunnel, allowing us to grow lettuce and greens for year-round harvest and get a nice start on tomatoes in the spring.
We can jams, tomato pureé, and a variety of interesting condiments. Training in acidified foods and food product safety has sharpened our skills.
We raise poultry in pasture and feed them non-GMO feed: we gather and sell a colorful mix of eggs (MD Registration # 1467) laid by our heritage hens, and sell Freedom Ranger broilers, butchered or live. We have absolutely charming Oberhasli goats whose milk provides us delicious cheese and yogurt.
Dean Snyder & Jane Malone
11902 Kennedyville Road, Kennedyville, Maryland