The Farmers


I, Julie, am the writer of this blog.  Before having  children, I taught high school English and became a fellow with the Indiana Writing Project (part of the National Writing Project).  Now I raise vegetables and three boys,  write freelance articles and poetry, and cook recipes new and old with produce from our farm.



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Dan, commonly known as the “Cover Crop Guy”, is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and has 15+ years of organic growing experience.  He also works as a watershed specialist for Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District. Dan has managed and/or worked on Caretaker Farm (Apprenctice), Sunrise Acre Farm:(Co-manager), and Victory Acres Farm: (Farm Manager).


The Place

In 200IMG_27489, after 8 years away, I moved back to my hometown of DeMotte, Indiana.  My husband Dan and I purchased just under 20 acres of land– 11 acres of woods, 8 acres of tillable acres, a 1918 Montgomery Ward slap-together farmhouse, and an assortment of buildings, including a dilapidated yet gorgeous red barn.  We called it Perkins’ Good Earth Farm, inspired in part by Pearl S. Buck’s classic novel.


Our Farming Principles

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Family: Our farm systems and management must benefit our family and not cause stress or conflict.

Quality: Our farm products are of the highest quality, produced for you and your health.

Beyond OrganicWe are not defined by a minimum standard but rather by balancing complex and dynamic relationships within the whole farm system. 

Bio-intensive: We use methods such as cover crops, organic inputs, bare fallow periods, skim plowing, and minimum tillage.

Certified Naturally Grown: We are inspected annually to ensure we are practicing organic production techniques. Click here to see our farm’s profile and view our inspection reports.