Shean Farm

Farm in Virginia Beach, VA

Farm Facts

Type: Vegetable /Herbs

Years in operation: 38

Annual revenue: < 10k
(Average over last three years)


The farm is one of the first farms to receive organic certification in the early 1980's. It is approximately five acres in size. Labor is provided by family members and volunteers interested in learning sustainable small farm management practices. It also participates in a farmer to farmer exchange program with Community Development International. The exchange participates are from Haiti and live and intern on the farm 4 to eight weeks in the summer.

Inside the Farm

How is your approach to farming different than other farms in the same category?
The soil management plan uses no commercial pesticides and involves utilizing compost made on the farm. It includes beds that are made using the double-digging technique and a small tractor. Biodynamic preps are also utilized complementing this fully sustainable farm.

How does your different approach contribute to a long-term profitable growth strategy for your farm and other small farms like yours?
The farming technique is a model that can be initiated by farmers who have limited capital to invest in staring and maintaining a small farm.

How would you specifically use a Mortgage Lifter Lift or Mini Lift?
The money would assist with the purchase of a front loader and manure spreader attachment for the tractor. Also to assist with a replacemnt for the 1995 Toyota Truck.

Please share why you are so passionate about your farm and/or farming in general.
Although I can no longer afford to pay for Organic Certification my core beliefs and practices for Local Authentic Agrriculture are as follows: Local Authentic Agriculture is not a static set of rules. It is a process where nature, the farmer ad the community grow together. Local authentic farming embraces all the precepts of certified organic farming, although it focuses as much on the larger picture and positive things we do, as on the things we do not do. And these are a few: 1. The local authentic farmer sees the farm as an organism where all natural systems, the sun, rain, soil, weeds, trees, birds, insects and other wildlife work together and are considered in the life and production of food. 2. The local authentic farmer has an intimate relationship with the earth. 3. The local authentic farmer does not take more from the earth than the earth can comfortably give. 4. Local authentic farmers make the straightest path to their own resource needs and the needs of their community. 5. Their radius of service is approximately 50 miles. 6. The local authentic farmer is customer certified. Please visit my farm.

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