Farm Management: Best Practices
Erin’s Farm is a first generation family farm growing both Christmas trees, and blueberries. They were recognized by the TN Dept of Agriculture Division of Forestry for Best Management Practices in 2017.
Plants Featured in this Clip
Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)
Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine)
Vaccinium virgatum 'Onslow'
- The Hamm's encourage a bat population by providing bat boxes. The bats help the farm's ecosystem as pollinators, and by preying on insect pests.
- Erin's Farm places praying mantis egg sacs around the fields. These mantis will provide a safe, biological weapon to combat destructive insects.
- Lasagna gardening is a no-till way to start a garden bed. Organic materials such as carboard/paper, leaves, and manures are layered.
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Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.