“We each came to farming in different ways. But in the end we all believe in being good stewards of the land. Our goal is to work within nature instead of against it. We believe there should be a balance between nature and agriculture, forest and field, animal and vegetable, and conservation and cultivation. This is a much harder and much more rewarding way of farming, and within this philosophy we know we are providing clean, healthy food for our local community.
HartBeet Farm was established in 2015 as a small, diversified farm in northern Lincoln County, MO. In 2018, we became Certified Naturally Grown, which is a grassroots alternative to the USDA’s Certified Organic program. From our fields we grow a variety of vegetables with the promise to never use pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. From our forest we harvest many wild edibles including mushrooms, fruits, and maple sap.
Our farming philosophy is focused on the health of the soil and all of the living organisms within it. Healthy soil produces healthy food for a healthy community. Starting in 2018 we began our transition to a no-till system. Disturbance of the soil through tillage is one of the most harmful activities for the living microbes and other organisms in the soil. We don’t claim to be perfect, but we are constantly working towards a more holistic management of the land that more closely mimics nature while at the same time being accessible to us as farmers.
In addition to our agricultural practices, we engage in sustainable wild foraging. Every day we are learning new things about the land of which we are stewards. Our small farm is filled with an abundance of wild foods that have become mostly forgotten over the last few generations. We are conscious of the needs of the wildlife that surround us as well as the overall health of the plants we are harvesting, being always careful to take only a small proportion of what is available.
Our farm is always welcome to visitors. We believe that people should have a connection to their food and their farmers. We make bold statements about the way we farm and believe that people shouldn’t have to just take us at our word. We are happy to have individuals or small groups. Please contact us ahead of time to schedule a visit so we can give our undivided attention.”
349 Blackwell Ln
Our farm is always welcome to visitors.
Lake St. Louis Farmers Market: Saturdays, April-November 8:00am-Noon
All deliveries to the St. Louis area are made on Thursdays (or Saturday farmers market for pick-up). Pickups are available at the following locations:
70 acres (50 woodland)
4 acres in production