Gaskill Family Farm is a small farm growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Our growing method is conventional with a great deal of effort put on Integrated Pest Management ( the monitoring of the quantity of good insects to the quantity of harmful insects to make an informed decision as to whether we apply an insecticide or let mother nature do the job for us). We work at sustainable farming everywhere we can, from seeding hard-to-till areas with a plant mix which attracts beneficial insects to growing a combination of clover and grasses between rows of raspberries making it easy for our customers to walk and allowing mother nature to supply some of the nitrogen the raspberries need to grow.
Customer safety ( otherwise known as food safety) : We plant our main crops in at least 3 different areas ( blocks) on the farm. By doing so, if we need to apply a pesticide to a crop we can spray some of the blocks, leaving the others to safely harvest. We utilize a combination of pesticides: conventional, reduced-risk and organic. Using different types of pesticides reduces the chance of building up pest resistance and assists in our farm sustainability. Which product we use depends on the pest we are going after and the amount of time before harvest. The closer to harvest we are, the more the reduced-risk and organics come into play. Produce that we sell at farmers markets, wholesale, or use in our jams and preserves is washed and sanitized with Sanidate 5.0.