To provide the highest quality produce, both in taste and freshness, that can be found in NE Arkansas. We do this by ALWAYS harvesting within two days of selling, and ALWAYS using 100% organic and regenerative farming techniques.
Birdeye farm is nestled right where the Arkansas delta meets Crowley's Ridge. It is where rich delta mud meets millennia old sea bottom. First though, a little bit about Birdeye, Birdeye was founded by the Great-Great-Great Grandfather of Whitfield, the farmer, some 150 years ago. The land, rightfully being the ancestral land of the Osage, was granted to him by the government in the Swamp Land’s land grant program. From there, he and his sons developed Birdeye into a picturesque small town farming community, famous for their Black Angus cattle. That era of Birdeye has been gone for many decades, and a new one is beginning. Through the renovation of the family home and the founding of Birdeye farm, the family hopes to bring back at least a portion of what Birdeye once was. It is once again founded on agriculture and community. Birdeye Farm was created in the spring of 2020, and it was founded on two things, growing the highest quality food found in NE Arkansas, and making a difference through providing a source of clean, fresh, and delicious produce to the local community. In a place many “foodies'' would call hopeless, we have amazing customers who support us week after week. It's really truly an amazing thing and a relationship we've loved seeing bloom and can’t wait to see where it and the farm goes from here.
Our Farming practices
As stated above, Birdeye Farm was founded on two main things : growing the highest quality veggies and fruits found in NE Arkansas, and making a difference through providing clean, fresh, and delicious produce to the local community. The farming practices we use combine principles based on a mix of permaculture, regenerative, Korean natural farming, and JADAM farming techniques. To create and foster the healthiest soil microbiome, we always follow a low-till bed flip regimen. And while doing that we are always adding indegenous (locally harvested) microbes to our soil through compost teas and ferments from techniques portrayed in Korean natural farming and JADAM farming techniques. Our main source of fertility comes from farm-made compost using leaves from the city of Wynne and an organic source of different types of animal manure. The fertility that we can’t get from our compost comes from 100% natural fertilizers like: organic alfalfa meal, seaweed meal, crab shell meal, etc… The pest management motto on the farm is to try to always treat the root of the problem, not the symptom. This means we make sure to put the effort and time into creating the healthiest soil and farm ecosystem possible. This in turn creates the healthiest vegetables and fruits possible and creates a farm that harbors thousands of beneficial insects, which results in less pest damage. That doesn't mean we don’t have a few other forms of pest control we use, like lightweight insect barrier fabric, or naturally biodegradable pesticides like neem oil or farm-made ginkgo berry pesticide. At the end of the day, the decision of us using a product or farming practice boils down to whether or not it will either rejuvenate the soil and farm ecosystem or damage it. And at the end of the day we always pick the one that rejuvenates.
For the better part of my life I've had a deep love and appreciation for the wildness of mother nature both in the garden and woods. That's one of the reasons (among many others, some I can’t explain) why I'm so drawn to gardening and farming, and specifically the regenerative form of it. I use regenerative as a broad term that encompases all farming techniques that don’t degrade like modern industrial farming, but rather regenerate the soil, ecosystem, and consequently, the Earth. I’m truly passionate about farming and regenerating landscapes, and know how fortunate to have a feeling of what makes me happy and fulfilled this early in my life. I can’t wait to keep on growing the farm and myself in the future and see where both, the farm, and myself go.