Development of a Dream

Our Vision is becoming a reality here at Fruit Hill Farm!

Let’s take a tour so you can see what we’ve been up to…

house

Our sign is finally up in front of our 106 year old farm house.  This house is full of character and soon will be open to Local Economy Entrepreneurs for co-working space membership!  Also, onsite is our Front Porch Store, located behind and to the right of the house.

Front porch store

When you step inside, you’ll find all natural products to help you live your best life.  We also carry books and items made by local artisans- it is very important to us to support local businesses and independent artists.

Exiting the store, go ahead to the back to see the progress.  We’ve put a ton of work into what will become our espalier orchard, pumpkin patch, and demonstration/research garden.  This area is truly the heart and soul of FHF as it represents our commitment to sustainability and healing the land base.  We’re 100% committed to turning this once weed-choked, neglected field  into a place where people can learn and see exactly how to plant the garden of their dreams.  Take a look at these before and after photos and remember- we are a small company and we do all the work ourselves (with some help from friends and family!).  Our small but mighty team have accomplished so much, and there is still so much more to come.

Here is the back area in April 2019…

In May of 2019, we are watering our newly planted orchard…

Our trees all lined up and ready for sale!

Speaking of plants for sale, we’ve  definitely saved the best for last.

We’ve been growing our inventory for months, and we have plants and starters for everyone- from the novice gardener to the seasoned homesteader.

Store is open

Herbs, tomatoes, and berries- oh my!  We’ve stocked a huge variety of edible perennials, fruit trees, vegetable starters, any herb you could possibly need, and a plethora of berry bushes- both the usual (raspberries and blueberries) to the exotic (goji berries anyone?).

Of course our real passion is education, research, and community capacity building.  We want every aspiring gardener to have access to the information they need in order to create the garden of their dreams.  If you have been yearning to turn that unused patch in your backyard into a sustainable garden full of delicious food, if you want to reduce your grocery costs, or if you’ve ever envisioned yourself picking fresh herbs to really make your dinner pop- well we want to help you get there.  We walk each and every customer through the planting process, giving them the tools they need to make their garden flourish.

So that’s our farm!

But why not just see for yourself?

The Productive Homestead

The best way to ensure your place in the new economy is increasing the productivity of your home.

How do you increase your home’s productivity?

True productivity is the creation of products of the 3 economic sectors.

Primary Sector (raw material resources)

*  Land capable of growing food
*  Forrests and biomass
*  Produce and livestock
*  Unpolluted bodies of water
*  Mined minerals and metals

Secondary Sector (manufactured goods)

This is everything we make, process, manufacture, or ‘finish’ from primary sector resources.

Tertiary Sector (services)

These are all the things we do for each other through commerce, including financial instruments that ‘represent’ primary and secondary sector wealth.

Household Productivity Index

Present Productivity Index =
100 (past household cost of living / present household cost of living )%

For example:

If your pre-homesteading annual household cost of living last year was $56,000

But now your monthly food costs have gone down due to gardening and building an effective larder system, and you’ve even made a little money you make selling surpluses from your homestead and now your annual household costs this year are $49,500…what is your present productivity index?

100 (56,000 / 49,500) % = 113%

Indexes >100% are excellent and reflect your increased household productivity!