Our vision & offerings
The Red Gate Gardens began in Spring of 2012 with two double dug garden beds and a large vision. The vision was to grow healthy food alongside our children, friends, and families in a way that supports the land. We grow a wide variety of herbs and vegetables with plans to expand production in an effort to bring more herbal offerings to the community.
Quality & beliefs
We use only Organic, Non-GMO seeds. We also choose open pollinated varieties for our garden. Many of the sprays and chemicals on the market that are approved for use on certified organic produce are still not products that we feel comfortable using on our food. We often implement unique predator controls and low impact solutions to deal with the common imbalances that come when working with nature. Our customers are welcome to come see our gardens and to ask any questions they might have about our practices.
Supporting the land
For us, supporting the land means that we work to build our top soil by testing it's content each year and applying nourishing amendments in the way we would amend our bodies when out of balance. This practice allows us to constantly replenish valuable nutrients and minerals that are removed from the soil during the growing process. We strive to grow the majority of our compost material onsite rather than relying on outside inputs to build our soil. Since this is a practice that can take many years to master we pride ourselves on taking the extra time and energy necessary to seek the highest quality inputs available, making adjustments as needed when we are not able to find a product that meets our standards. We practice regular crop rotation, companion planting arrangements, and the use of beneficial plants to proactively balance pests. (We never apply any sort of harmful chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides in our garden.) Our gardening practices are loosely based on a variety of techniques including bio-intensive and biodynamic practices to ensure that we are not depleting the land. These practices combined with close observation allow us to conserve space, water, and manpower while increasing yields and food nutrient quality significantly.
See below for more information about some of our favorite gardening methods.