Bill and Cherie Guerrant, owners of White Flint Farm in Keeling, will be featured speakers at the SVMGA business meeting, Thursday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax County Ag Center.
The Guerrants, who raise Boer Goats, horses, chickens, pigs, bees, vegetable gardens and fruit trees on 183 acres, will talk about reclaiming their family farm using sustainable farming practices such as crop rotation, predator control and natural composting. White Flint Farm, a member of Community Supported Agriculture, offers the public “shares” of the farm’s products each week during the growing season. All interested persons are invited to attend and learn about the Guerrants successful journey to chemical-free farming.
The public is welcome to attend the June 27, meeting.
For a closer look at White Flint Farm, read the following report filed by SVMGA member Donna Strange:
Bill and Cherie Guerrant of White Flint Farm want you to get closer to your food—at least close enough to know where it comes from and the day it was harvested. Bill and Cherie live on a farm in Keeling that has been in Bill’s family since 1879. Today its 183 acres are farmed to ensure the land and the environment around it, are preserved for future generations.
Since moving from Tampa, Florida to their farm in 2003, the couple has been diligently working to “reverse” land damage resulting from decades of conventional farming practices. Cherie, who originally started the couple on their quest for an organic, sustainable lifestyle, operated the farm for several years before Bill retired from practicing law in 2011 and joined her on a full-time basis. The Guerrants are not only good stewards of their farm, but also are interested in helping improve the health and wellness of their community. They offer “shares” in their “Community Supported Agriculture” (CSA) program that provides a partnership between farmers and families to share in the output of a farm’s produce during the growing season. The Guerrants currently have Boar goats, horses, pigs, chickens, fruit trees and vegetable gardens.
“We raise our produce naturally and organically,” says Bill, explaining that they use do not use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. “Our farm fresh eggs are from free-ranging hens, raised naturally and humanely. Our eggs have the firm, orange yolks that distinguish natural eggs from those produced by commercial egg factories.”
Pigs on the Guerrant’s farm also live in a natural environment and are never given hormones or prophylactic antibiotics. As a result, say the couple, their pigs are healthier and tastier than those pigs raised in a commercial environment. “They play, wallow in the mud, eat grass, nuts and left-overs from the gardens and enjoy their lives.”
At the June 27, SVMGA meeting, Bill and Cherie will explain that all their animals are raised in a natural environment, including the Boer goat herd that lives peacefully in their pastures. They will talk about how they are using a multi-year rotation plan in their gardens with cover cropping and frequent rests from plantings. “By rotating our crops this way, we are better able to preserve and maintain soil quality, produce the most nutritious, best-tasting foods and avoid the use of any chemicals.”
SVMGA members and guests will learn how the two are restoring nutrients to their fields and garden spots and how every “waste” product, such as grass, wood chips, discarded hay, and some animal wastes are used to enrich, mulch and restore the necessary nutrients to growing mediums. They will discuss how they sell their produce at Farmer’s Markets and through a special arrangement with nearby residents that provides the neighbors with baskets of freshly picked vegetables, eggs, fruits, etc. on a weekly basis for a fee.
All interested persons are invited to this program.
For more information, go to whiteflintfarm.com.