Meet Justin Jones of Jones EcoFarms!
A Thriving Landscape Produces Delicious Healthy Food
Nestled in the rolling glacial hills outside of Crete, Nebraska Justin Jones- founder of Jones EcoFarms has been working with the land for the past 10 year to create a farm that is healthy, abundant, and beautiful.
Jones EcoFarms offers:
- Produce including Asparagus, Melons and Potatoes
- Pasture Raised Pork & Turkey
- Perennial Plants
Designed for regeneration and abundance
“When we walk out our door and into the farm landscape at Jones Produce, we are surrounded by a rich and varied ecosystem of fields, pastures, trees, animals, and insects. Stewarding that diversity is what gets us out of bed in the morning.”
The tender asparagus, sweet summer cantaloupes, or nourishing pork that Jones EcoFarms sells is a result of the thoughtful management of land. Most of the farm is well covered in grass and forbs, however annual crop planting blocks (such as cantaloupes) are dotted throughout. Planting blocks of perennial s crops like Asparagus are also dispersed around the farm. Fruit and nut producing shrubs and trees have been strategically planted in locations where they thrive.
Terraces and swales – help slow down water and direct water, keeping this important resource on the farm, in the soil. Justin grows cover crops or green manure crops to feed the soil and it's microbes. Crops like these are grown to be mowed and disked back into the soil, creating more organic matter, depositing nutrients, and controlling weeds.
Justin brings multi-species grazing into the farm ecosystem through turkeys, pigs and cattle. Every animal species plays a certain role -each preferring certain plants (and insects!), grazing in particular ways, depositing nature's fertilizer (poop!) and creating unique disturbances (with hooves, claws, or snouts) that encourage balance and mimic nature.
“We strive to raise our crops and livestock in an ecologically sound way. This means diversity of plants and animals; integrating different species so they support each others growth; perennial plant systems; and most importantly, building soil and storing water, carbon, and fertility on the farm.”
Certified Organic pasture, plants and produce
What is Certified Organic?
Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods. These approved methods are federal regulations called the “organic standards.” The organic standards are captured in the Organic Food Production Act, USDA organic regulations, and the National Organic Program Handbook.
Adherence to these standards that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. Every operation that is certified organic is inspected and audited by a certifying agency each year.
Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.
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