The History of Mountain Run Farm

Ben Coleman • MountAIN RUN FARM

Mountain Run Farm History: 30 Years in 30 Minutes

Our experience on this land began 30 years ago. But we are not the first to live here, nor the last. We must learn the history of our land, set goals for the future and work in the present to make steps towards healing our mistakes and maybe even doing a little long-lasting good for this piece of Earth and the community that surrounds it. We find artifacts ranging from 7-8,000 year old arrowheads to bricks made on this farm by slaves just a couple hundred years ago, then on to the musketballs that eventually freed the slaves of this area. Today we commune with their lineage. What mark will we leave? History will tell all about us… Mountain Run Farm strives for love and healing for our Earth and our community. But hurry, the future is always near!

Bio

After 10 years of detrimental farming practices and by financial force, a radical move toward biological, Holistic management has resurrected the ranch, bringing new health to man, land and animals, plus space for the next generation. The exciting part is, the cure is FREE! The cure is Nature! Our ultra-low input mentality had us sell all forage equipment, boycott the salesman, park the tractors, and DRIVE the animals. After 25 years of bold, experimental changes, Mountain Run Farm now serves the local community by hosting on-farm meat and produce sales and events ranging from Makers Markets and music festivals to guided bird walks and school tours. The ever-increasing diversity of plants and wildlife brings FREE opportunity to future generations to carve out a living on the land. We eat pretty well, too!

More Workshops

Grow Like a Market Gardener

Grow Like a Market Gardener

Many home gardeners are 90% of the way to a productive garden, but cave in easily to problems like pests, uneven watering and sub-par fertility. After years of farming on a small scale, Amanda realized that many of the methods she employs on her farm transfer easily and cheaply to the home garden. Join her as she talks about the low-hanging fruit that is nearly in your grasp!

Compost Tea & Biochar

Compost Tea & Biochar

Come discover how to make compost tea using homemade compost and brewing it with easy-to-find materials from around the farm or homestead.  Learn how to make your own fertilizers, soil drenches and foliar sprays with an aerated barrel-style compost tea set up, see the nuts-and-bolts of the process and learn how to use compost tea on your farm and to build soil health and nutrient density.

Seed Saving

Seed Saving

This workshop is an introduction to basic seed saving, and will give participants the tools they need to get started! We’ll also talk about the benefits of saving seed, from increasing resiliency to saving money to improving the adaptation of varieties for your particular conditions.

Promising Perennials: An Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening

Promising Perennials: An Introduction to Edible Forest Gardening

In this workshop we’ll explore some of the basic concepts and principles for designing, establishing, and maintaining an edible forest garden. Learn how to combine edible and medicinal trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials, ground covers, and tubers into a beautiful edible ecosystem.

Fool-Proof Vegetable Fermentation

Fool-Proof Vegetable Fermentation

Emilie will walk through two types of vegetable fermentation – “krauts” and “pickles”.  Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t just refer to cabbage and cucumbers, these terms are simply types of ferments.  She’ll demonstrate each type, and help you understand when to use each method.

Bea Gutierrez

Bea Gutierrez

Experience the process of wood firing in its simplest way. We will harvest clay straight from the Earth and add some Water. A magical, flexible medium will come alive giving shape to your imagination and inspiration. While the clay slowly dries with the Air we will gather some wood and will get a Fire going. We will place what we have formed into the living flames while sitting around the fire telling stories, listening to each other just like our ancestors”

Natural Dye Making

Natural Dye Making

Exploring the magical landscape at Mountain Run Farm. Together we will gather leaves, flowers, and weeds, to create colorful prints on cloth. This process is called ecoprinting, it is a fun way to better understand the plants living near you!

Food Freedom & Health Independence

Food Freedom & Health Independence

Niti Bali is the Founder and CEO of Farm to Fork Meat Riot, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for reestablishing the regenerative small family farm food system. Her strategically designed counter economic CSA program educates eaters to harness the power of life giving force through regenerative foods.

Derrick & Paige Jackson

Derrick & Paige Jackson

Believe it or not, the Jackson family left a 14 year long career in the military to farm full time. Find out why and how they took the leap, what drew them to regenerative agriculture, and how with the right mindset, passion, and faith anyone can make a full time career out of farming.

Composting With Worms

Composting With Worms

Learn how to transform wastes such as food scraps or newspaper into amazingly rich, biologically active compost using the wiggly worm. Caleb will discuss simple techniques for building a worm composting system for any scale — whether you live in an apartment or on a farm — what to feed them, how to harvest and use the castings, as well as the myriad of benefits this special compost has for gardens and plants.