Today I want to share about a local farmer and his family.
Part of the reason I began blogging in the first place was to help get awareness out in our community about local farmers, their farming practices, and how they are trying to help build a stronger community, and healthier people.
This is Ahavah Farm. The word Ahavah means love in Hebrew. This family chose that name for their farm because they truly love their community, and they pour lots of love and hard work into everything they do.
Their names are Yosef and Havah Camire and they are the owners of this regenerative and sustainable organic farm. They offer some of the purest produce and eggs available. Pure equals nutrient dense, which in turn creates healthy people!
You may be asking what the terms regenerative and sustainable mean exactly.
The term regenerative was coined to represent an organic agriculture that goes beyond simply sustainable. It is actually a holistic systems approach to agriculture that encourages continual on-farm innovations that in turn encourage social, economic, and spiritual well-being. This term portrays an intent to restore degraded soil biodiversity. You may not know this, but there is a whole world of micro-organisms living under your feet, and all around you. These microscopic bacteria are living beings that enable your food to be useful for your health. They help make nutrients bioavailable (able to be used by your body-instead of just excreted because your body doesn’t know how to use foreign substances). These tiny bugs populate your gut aka intestinal system. Studies show that as much as 70-90% of your immune system is located in your gut. If you have a healthy gut, then it stands to reason you will experience more health and well-being overall.
Regenerative farming focuses on improving soil health through increased soil carbon, and life in the soil. Industrial farming has been mining the soil of nutrients for a very long time whereas regenerative farming is all about growing and feeding soil life.
The term sustainable refers to the production of produce, and meats using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, communities, and animal welfare. This type of farming encourages production of healthy food without compromising future generation’s ability to do likewise.
Some of the methods Ahavah Farm implements in their regenerative, and sustainable efforts include not using tractors; no tilling of the soil; and no heavy metal products, succession planting, composting, crop rotation, and planting a wide variety of produce.
Ahavah Farm also has another unique aspect. They have been a “Pay what you can afford” farm since 2014. They are NOT subsidized-and NOT a non-profit farm. They simply do this out of the goodness of their hearts to ensure that everyone can have access to pure food.
You can find Ahavah Farm’s smiling faces at the Colorado Farm and Art Market at the Pioneer Museum, Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm, and also the Woodland Park Farmer’s Market Fridays from 8am-1pm. These markets usually last through mid-October. They also welcome volunteers! This is a fantastic way to build community, get to know the farmers who work so hard to produce good food for our community, learn their methods, and lend a helping hand where it will be greatly appreciated! If you are interested in volunteering you can speak with them at farmer’s market. You can follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714532138634754/. You can also check out their website here: https://www.ahavahfarm.com.