Farmsteading in Anderson County

Jesse Frost, Hanna Crabtree, and Further FrostLEG_7087Version 2

New Anderson County residents, Jesse Frost and Hannah Crabtree along with their son Further, are inspired to create their own homestead while providing the community with fresh organic vegetables.  Buying land in the county just a few months ago, they staked their claim and started Rough Draft Farmstead, promising a new take on traditional agricultural.

Jesse started farming about seven years ago when he interned at a small organic farm in Monroe County in southern Kentucky.  A year later, he would meet Hannah who started interning there as well.  Shortly afterwards, they married and moved back to central Kentucky but would only stay a short while before moving south again to live off the grid, homesteading.

But when their son, Further, was born, they decided to move back near their relatives in central Kentucky.  They ended up finding land here in Anderson County, and although they have only been here a few months, they already have plans to create a farmstead of vegetables, fruits, and more.

For this first year, they’re planning a variety of crops.  Garlic and onions are already in the ground, and they are building a high tunnel greenhouse to extend the growing season of warm crops like tomatoes.  They also have planted numerous blueberries and other fruits, although they won’t be ready for harvesting this season.

But they won’t be growing their crops traditionally.  They are working to be USDA Certified Organic this year, which means they don’t use chemical pesticides or artificial fertilizers.  They will be using lots of compost to grow their crops.

Hannah and Jesse also explained that they won’t be selling their crops through farmer’s markets but instead will be focusing on a system called community supported agriculture.  CSA allows residents of the community to purchase memberships in farms like the Rough Draft Farmstead.  The members then receive deliveries of vegetables every week during the growing season.

“It’s a good way to be eating seasonally,” Hannah said as she explained the system.  Members of their farm will receive one basket of vegetables for 20 weeks from Spring to Fall.  And, as the seasons change, the vegetables will change depending on what’s ripe for the week.  So Spring harvests will include items like greens and radishes, Summer will have melons and tomatoes, and Fall will have sweet potatoes and broccoli.

For those that aren’t members or want to buy more of a certain vegetable, they will be selling their produce at local stores like Tastefully Kentucky on Main Street throughout the growing season.  For more information about Rough Draft Farmstead and to sign up for their CSA, check out their website.

(Photos by Loren Gifford)

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