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 raised beds. In 2017, we started using a BCS walk-behind tractor for disc harrowing and intensively mowing raised beds. We use a Kubota L3010 tractor for mowing pasture, rotary discing and tilling new plots, and creating or reshaping raised beds.
We can jams, jellies, and marmalades, as well as tomato paste and a variety of interesting condiments. Training in acidified foods and food product safety has sharpened our skills.
We raise chickens in pasture, feed them non-GMO feed, sell their eggs (Maryland Registration # 1467), and butcher some (for our own consumption). We have absolutely charming Oberhasli goats whose milk provides us delicious cheese and yogurt.
Dean Snyder & Jane Malone
11902 Kennedyville Road, Kennedyville, Maryland