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Hi my name is Moreno, owner and operator of Aromath Farm, here in the eastern countryside

of France.

The size of the farm is a third of an acre.

It's an old family-style orchard

that we converted last year from a grass field into the farm it is today.

We've got a small nursery where we do all the

seeding of our crops. we've got a large greenhouse where

we do all the tomatoes, some peppers... All in all we've got over 105 beds, full on production

right now.

The story of our farm really dates back to early 2013 when my wife and I met for the

first time in New Zealand on a mandarine farm. It was really something that grabbed our attention.

We really liked the lifestyle of it. All of this was in monoculture agriculture, pesticide

ridden agriculture, if you will. From that point we exchanged some documentaries with

a friend that we met over there on one of the farms, and we were looking at the documentary,

and we were looking outside, and we were like, there's a huge difference!

We actually got back to France where my wife was born and raised in the area here, and

that's when we decided to get into full time market gardening, because its one of the lowest

barrier to entry types of farms you can start.

So when we arrived here for the first time, everything was in full production, in terms

of all the grasses and the weeds. We opted for an initial tillage of the soil.

We created the raised beds, we got two large trucks full of compost, and we started moving it

wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow.

Once we developed all these beds we started mulching

all the pathways with the wood chips.

We moved into a no-till system, where we do not even use a broadfork anymore. We continuously

keep adding compost and organic matter to the beds, and this is feeding all of our crops.

And its worked out pretty great so far.

So here at Aromath farm, since we're just a third of an acre, we have to be pretty deliberate

about the crops we are growing. We cannot just start growing potatoes, onions, leeks,

cabbages. Those things are not profitable on the size we are working with. So we

are really focusing on the bunching roots, like beets, radishes, carrots, turnips.

Lots of leafy greens like arugula, mizuna, salad greens.

The use of the Quick-Cut Greens Harvester

really allowed us to double down on the production of what normally would be

more difficult to grow for other farmers.

Before we started this farm we just had a newborn, her name is Nola. She was just two

months old when we got into this place, so we knew already we wanted to farm.

We wanted her to have an environment where she can just walk outside,

put her hands in the soil, and just be dirty, if you will.

Myself, I grew up in a city environment, and I actually missed,

without knowing it, this kind of aspect of living. And being able to provide that for

our daughter right now is really something that is really important to us.

When we transplant a crop into the bed, she comes behind us to actually take it out

and transplant it back, not always the way it should be done, but thats OK. And these

things, we have to let them free in these kind of things as well, and its beautiful to see

that she is picking up things so fast.

For us its life.

We need more small scale farmers. We need more people farming in a way that is both

beneficial to themselves, in the first place, but as well to their neighbors, to the local

community, the wider community, as well as for the environment.

If I could show by example that there is another way of growing food,

then my mission is a success.

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