Meet the Farmers
Bottom Creek Farm was started in 2016 by Dave Trible, who had worked as a wetland scientist and stream ecologist for the previous 12 years. While that career was rewarding, regenerative farming along the waters of Bottom Creek became a calling for Dave. His background and education in biology, ecology, soil science, and watershed science, combined with decades of gardening, provided critical concepts and information relevant to farming sustainably. That said, farming is such a technically diverse discipline that there is still very much to learn.
The philosophy of Bottom Creek Farm has always been to produce high-quality food while having a positive impact on the surrounding landscape. We believe that local, small-scale farming has a very important role to play in the future of our world. Bottom Creek Farm will continue to learn, improve and develop a local food source that prioritizes sustainability.
Regenerative Agriculture Practices
Bottom Creek Farm takes regenerative farming and sustainable practices very seriously. We believe that in order to be successful we must grow quality produce while improving the health of the local environment. To accomplish this, Bottom Creek Farm uses a sizable share of local manure-based compost to improve soil organic matter. We also utilize organic soil amendments in order to create a well-rounded and diverse living soil. We are of the belief that a living soil not only grows the best produce but provides a healthy ecosystem for the plethora of micro and macro critters that call our soil home. Our policy regarding tilling is to use it only when absolutely necessary, which is typically during initial bed development. Once our permanent raised beds are formed we strive to never till them again, utilizing farming techniques such a broad forking to provide aeration and reduce soil compaction without inverting the soil profile and pummeling soil life. Bottom Creek Farm aspires to include more perennial crops in the landscape over time in an effort to diversify the food web. Additionally, we plan to introduce bees to the site in 2021 as a means of increasing crop pollination and yield, diversifying our revenue stream, and creating a safe and healthy environment for our unsung heroes...the honey bees! Bottom Creek Farm will continue to develop the farm in such a manner that promotes site diversity, soil health, permaculture practices, and water quality. These are our core values.