fourth time is the charm. Stephan Douglass, a fifth
generation farmer and owner of Turner Farms, is the
fourth farmer to cultivate nearly three acres just across
the bridge from River Blu;s. Douglass, his son Ian,
and Ian’s girlfriend, Jessica Allison, work on the farm
“This is exactly the situation we envisioned,”
Lennon said. “With Stephen’s help, we’ve finally
arrived at a good model.”
Turner Family Farms leases the land at River Blu;s
in order to grow closer to town. Additional crops are
grown at the Family Farm in Teachey. All produce
grown at River Blu;s is used to fill CSA (Community
Supported;Agriculture) boxes, tables at the weekly
River Blu;s Farmers Market, and in the kitchen at
Porches Café with Chef Erin Wiley.
And, it’s the method to Douglass’ agricultural
madness that makes all of this possible.
“It’s an intensive crop rotation divided into
100x100 plots,” Douglass said. “Our goal is to farm
as sustainably and organically as possible, and to have
something producing year round.” And, indeed they do.
While there are 20 sectioned garden plots on the
back acre for residents to tend, community garden-
style, a farming signup and schedule are in the works
as well to a;ord residents more opportunities to get
their hands dirty and be a part of what is produced
“There’s just something about playing an intimate
role in producing the food you eat,” Douglass said.
“Crop rotation and farming in general is a much more
intricate process than you might think. And, I think
it changes the way you look at food when you get to
Having access to your own private farm, Lennon
said, is apparently a pretty popular amenity. “The fact
that we have a working farm and community garden
is a real head-turner for folks,” he said. “At Ideal-
LIVING Shows, we get the biggest and best response
when we tell them about the farm.”
Because, Lennon said, who doesn’t want to live in
a place surrounded by trees, on the water, with all
necessary amenities, and have access to a working,
sustainable farm that produces the contents of a nifty
little box delivered to their doorstep every week? His
guess would be, not too many.
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