FAQs

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I’m a Chef, how do I go about sourcing from Carriage House Farm?

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First, thank you for wanting to source locally!  The region needs more chefs like yourself!  You can source from us in two ways.  The first is to contact our garden manager or farm manager in the contacts section to supply directly to you.  We deliver to chefs every Thursday.  The second method is to order from us through Ohio Valley Food Connection, a locally owned and operated distributor that delivers on Mondays and Fridays.

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What is an Ohio Century Farm?

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An Ohio Century Farm is a farm, located in Ohio, that has been single-family owned for at least 100 years. Ohio created a new category which we now fall under:  The Sesquicentennial Farm, or family-owned for at least 150 years.  We are currently the second oldest farm in Hamilton County and the oldest farm producing FOOD.  Farms are recognized this way via the Ohio Department of Agriculture. More on these amazing farms can be found by visiting: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/cent_farms/

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How Old Is Carriage House Farm?

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At the time of this entry (2015) our farm is officially 160 years old. The current owners are the Fifth Generation. The land is being worked by the fifth, sixth, and seventh generations.

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How large is your farm?

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The farm is exactly 300 acres in size. The average farm size, today, is 441 acres. So we are smaller than your average farm.

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Do you have animals on your farm?

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Yes! We board horses. We have capacity for up to 32 horses. In 2017 we began rabbit production to fill the need for local small, sustainable proteins.  Currently the plan is to supply regional chefs and to make them available through our new on-farm market location.  We also have LOTS of bees, though not animals, these certainly take a lot of time to manage.  These are the only domesticated animals on the farm currently. We do have a wide range of wild creatures from Turkeys and Deer to Eagles and Beavers.

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Do you use chemicals on your farm?

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Yes, we do. We use both organic and conventional chemicals though we try to use the least amount of chemicals possible. Part of our farm follows organic principals and those crops we use zero chemical applications. We, use 20% acetic acid (a powerful Vinegar) as way of controlling weed growth in mulched foot paths. We have an integrated pest management program that relies on trap crops and beneficial predatory insects.  On our conventional ground we use a single application of one chemical to control weeds and because of flooding are able to avoid using petro-chemical fertilizers. We also use a herbicide to spot treat against Bush Honeysuckle an invasive non-native plant that out-competes the native species we are trying to reestablish.

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Are you certified Organic?

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No we are not. Though certain parts of the farm are managed as if they were organic we do not certify the produce coming off that ground as organic. This is a choice we made some years ago.