We are always growing here at Smokebrush Farm, tending to the Earth in a way that honors its rhythms, harmonies, and cycles. We are transforming some of the oldest and most beautiful lawns in all of Manitou Springs into an educational hi-production farm, where we practice biodynamics to reach a level of Serious Sustainability. We acknowledge that the Farm is an organism – a whole with interconnected parts – and we work to revere all of the systems and synchronicities in place that allow the Being to function. With these values in heart, we work to increase food security through access to biodynamic products and processes.
We grow soil to tend to the needs of plant and fungus life, a miniature potbelly pig, Coturnix quail, Nubian dairy goats, top-bar beehives, and several heritage breeds of livestock such as Silver Fox rabbits, Icelandic chickens, and Cayuga ducks. Our intentional slow compost heaps are sacred to us because we understand that the vitality of each farm is in the soil. This year, the soil grew countless edible and cut flowers, salad greens, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi, wild edible greens, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, goji berries, squash, pumpkins, and a bounty of herbs. To diversify the organism, we are also cultivating oyster mushrooms, elderberries, asparagus, fig trees, peach trees, hazelnut trees, paw-paw trees, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and kiwi. Our holistic approach, which highlights needs over wants, helps us listen to the land and understand that every being has a purpose and can be woven into their proper place on the Farm.