Farm Visit Snapshots: Heart Song Farm

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From Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos: Farm Visit Snapshots are a new feature on my Growing Small Farms website. A big part of my job as an Agriculture Agent is visiting farms to provide advice on crop production, marketing, and general management. I always have enjoyed taking photos during these visits and sharing on social media to promote agricultural literacy. I am now also sharing them on my website to widen the audience. These Farm Visit Snapshots provide a glimpse into activities on the farm during that visit. 

In late July I visited Heart Song Farm in Silk Hope. Grower Emily Fuller has accomplished so much in only a couple of years, and pretty much by herself! Emily grows vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers and also produces amazing value-added products like raspberry pepper jelly, smoked garlic scape salt, herbs de Provence, and other spice blends.

You can find Heart Song Farm at the Sanford Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. til noon. 

Emily will be offering a Spring Community Supported Agriculture share (CSA) that includes produce plus a small offering of flowers and value-added products; sign-ups for the CSA will begin in January 2021. Contact Emily for more details.

Visit the Heart Song Farm website and follow them on Instagram at @heartsongfarmnc.

rows of tomato plants

Emily grows 40 different varieties of tomatoes! Photo by Debbie Roos.

harvested tomatoes sorted by variety

Emily harvested over 400 pounds of tomatoes the morning of my visit! Photo by Debbie Roos.

harvested tomatoes

Some of the 400 pounds of tomatoes that Emily had just harvested. She smokes some of the tomatoes for one of her spice blends. Photo by Debbie Roos.

peppers on dehydrator racks

Emily also grows 28 different peppers! She dehydrates some of them for her popular spice blends. She plans to grow even more varieties of peppers in 2021. Photo by Debbie Roos.

flowers

Emily loves growing cut flowers like this gomphrena and ageratum. Photo by Debbie Roos.

monarch butterfly

The cut flowers attract lots of pollinators including bees and butterflies like this monarch nectaring on a zinnia. Photo by Debbie Roos.

garlic

The garlic is curing in the barn. Photo by Debbie Roos.

black and white beans

Emily is known for all the cool varieties of beans she grows. This gorgeous legume is Calypso. Photo by Debbie Roos.

varieties of beans

Here are some of the different beans Emily grows. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Heart Song Farm booth

Emily is a popular vendor at the Saturday Sanford Farmers’ Market! Photo by Debbie Roos.