Lazy Dog Farms

Certified Organic

Lazy Dog Farms is a small family owned and operated farm located in the gentle rolling hills of McNairy County, Tennessee.  The 138 acre certified organic farm is a mix of produce fields, pastures, woods and several streams.

Certified Organic Produce grows in the low lying flats, while Certified Organic chickens freely roam the pastures. Heritage Berkshire hogs root amongst the trees in the many acres of woods.

In the summer of 2011 Lazy Dog Farms began as a vision of a sustainable, organic farm. Since the acquisition of the farm it has been our family's goal to work in harmony with the land.  

With the support of family, friends and community Lazy Dog Farms has put down solid roots and continues to grow in diversification with each passing season.

 

Moonrise over Lazy Dog Farms Greenhouse

News and Blog

Golf Balls and Chilis!

Posted by Bruce Scarberry :: Monday, February 24 :: 7:13pm

It has been an eventful and busy last few weeks.  We have the roof as well as most of the walls on the shed.  While it is 53'x 32' it is already getting full.  We have received many of our inputs for this growing season which is helping to occupy some of the space.  It is nice to start finding a home for things.

The greenhouse is beginning to fill up with all of our starts for the year.  To help regulate the temperature we have basically put a greenhouse inside our greenhouse by using left over poly from both our greenhouse and high tunnel.  On cold nights we add extra heat under the bottom layer to ensure the idea temperature for germination is maintained.

The high tunnel has been cleaned prepped and seeded for early spring produce.  We are still amazed at how effective both the greenhouse, but especially the high tunnel heat up and retain their heat.

This week as long as the rain hold off we are going to start preparing beds for planting potato and various other spring crops.

The pigs have been rocking out in their woods.  They are growing well.  We look at their weight on a weekly basis to ensure we get them bred as soon as possible.

Oh the chickens!  They have been toying with my emotions lately.  Not only are they being stubborn and not laying eggs in their nest boxes they decided to take a break from laying all together.  While chickens generally slow down in the winter, they usually increase production as the day length increases.  We decided our chickens need some help so there are now golf balls located in the next boxes to help the chickens learn where to lay.

Now comes the chilis!  We had a few pounds of dried chilis from our production last year.  It was decided that these would help our chickens remember that they need to lay eggs.  So far it seems to have worked. We are experiencing a three fold increase in eggs!

Six Weeks to Spring!

Posted by Bruce Scarberry :: Thursday, February 6 :: 8:35am

Well these past few weeks have been a roller coaster of weather along with everything else.  Here at the farm we have seen high temperatures of almost 70 and then the next day the weather not even making it past freezing.  There has been weeks of no precipitation and then almost four inches of rain in 12 hours.  

We have been working on many projects around the farm, but two major ones have been the focus of much of our time.  The pole shed is coming along well.  This will house most of our implements, tools, tractor, fertility inputs and everything else that we can cram in it.  The southside is dedicated to our new and spiffy produce washing and storage station.  We are going to run water and electric soon. We are also putting in a new cold storage room.

The other project spearheaded by Mary has been the finalization of our farm plan for the coming year.  This is basiclly the what, when, how, and where everything we are producing this year.  This includes the livestock as well as markets, CSA, and wholesale. 

We are widening the  variety of produce planned and are also looking at putting in various long term plants such as raspberries, sugarcane, pecans, hazelnuts, and anything else that fits Mary's whimsy.

If there is anything you would like to see, please let us know and we will see what we can do.

 

 

Food Safety

Posted by Bruce Scarberry :: Wednesday, January 22 :: 7:23am

 

ITS POSITIVE!

No were not expecting again, this is one of the test strips from the conference on producing Human Pathogen Free Strawberries.  The researchers at TSU are working on making a cost effective field assay to determine the presence of Salmanella, E. Coli O:157 and Listeria in strawberry samples.  In as little as 15 minutes a result can be had.  

As food safety and security come to the forefront of our food supply, tests like these will be indispensable to not only producers, but also consumers.  As part of their research they tested samples of strawberries from three sources including Walmart, Kroger, and a local farmer in Morgan County, TN. The imported strawberries from Mexico sold by Walmart developed a positive test result in four hours.  The strawberries from California supplied by Kroger developed positive results in 20 hours.  Finally the locally produced fresh strawberries took ELEVEN days to develop positive results!

While there are multiple hypothesis for the results including lack of sanitary conditions and practices. there is a clear divide on the differences between produce that is shipped in vs. locally produced foods.  This difference is only realized if the locally produced food is handled appropriately.

We are working on implementing harmonized GAP (Good Agriculture Practices and Good Handling Practices) process into our farm.  As we build our washing, packing and storage faility we are attempting to mitigate the risks and provide the safest produce to you and your family.

If you have questions on food safety or the steps we are taking please feel free to get the dialouge started.

 

Bruce

 

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