About the Farm
Rain Song Farm produces a variety of sustainably-grown fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The farm is owned and operated by Ed Naspinski, and is located in Decker Prairie, an area in western Montgomery County between Magnolia and Tomball. The farm is situated on a 3-acre residential lot and a 2-acre residential lot and includes two main gardens, each about 5000 square feet, a 1-acre orchard, several smaller “edible landscape” gardens and a seedling greenhouse.
Our Growing Practices
We raise our vegetables and herbs sustainably, always striving to minimize inputs such as energy, water, and fertilizers.
We collect rainwater and use it to irrigate the gardens. The gardens and the orchard have drip irrigation systems which greatly reduces water use and helps prevent plant fungal diseases by not wetting plant leaves. We also reduce evaporation of moisture from the soil by mulching the gardens with chipped hardwood branches from downed oak trees on our property or from others.
We do not use synthetic, broad-spectrum insecticides or herbicides. Our pest control practices are:
1) choosing plant varieties that are pest-resistant and adapted to our climate
2) keeping the soil, plants and beneficial insects healthy
3) manually removing pests and properly disposing of infested plants
4) careful, limited use of natural, organic-program-approved insect repellants/ insecticides such as Bt, citrus oil and neem oil
Weeds are controlled with mulch and pulled by hand!
The best way to grow a healthy, vigorous plant is to improve the fertility of the soil in which it grows. We replenish organic matter in the soil with composted kitchen scraps, fallen leaves and oak mulch from trees on the property, and locally-sourced manure, wood chips, and coffee grounds. We also purchase natural soil amendments and MicroLife organic fertilizers as needed. No synthetic, petroleum-based fertilizers are used.
Education / Outreach
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