Heartland Family Farm and Local Growers Guild

Heartland Family Farm and Local Growers Guild

Here is our page on the Local Growers Guild website.  Heartland Family Farm is a grower and producer member of the Guild.  If you follow the link, be sure to note that our address has changed to Spencer, IN.

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“The first supe…

“The first supermarket supposedly appeared on the American landscape in 1946. That is not very long ago. Until then, where was all the food? Dear folks, the food was in homes, gardens, local fields, and forests. It was near kitchens, near tables, near bedsides. It was in the pantry, the cellar, the backyard.”
― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

Heartland Family Farm: Our New Location

The Farm’s new location offers up great potential to continue Heartland’s tradition. Visionary owner Teresa Birtles has great plans for the land.  

Below is a photograph taken in late March.  Soon that pasture will become grazing ground for cattle.  The chickens will follow closely behind in their portable chicken coops.

The tree line is where the property ends.

The tree line is where the property ends.

The orchard below includes peach, sweet and tart cherry, and plum trees.

This orchard, currently three rows wide, will see many more rows over the next years.

This orchard, currently three rows wide, will see many more rows over the next years.

Our hoop houses are up!  

Hoop houses help to extend the season for favorites such as tomatoes and peppers.

Hoop houses help to extend the season for favorites such as tomatoes and peppers.

Our green house is up, too!

The green house

The green house

Below is a structure that owner Teresa Birtles envisions becoming a farm store.  She hopes to enclose it, build on a porch, and include a certified kitchen, from which she can prepare food fresh off the farm.

Future farm store?

Future farm store?

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The berry patch that will soon be planted may one day be a pick-your-own berry destination.

The dorm above the farm house’s garage may one day become an agro-tourismo rental.  The room has an Italian feel already, and with Teresa’s touches it could become just what traveling locavores desire in a vacation.

The soil is fertile and ready to grow!