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MM Heath Farms Inc., "Idaho Grown"
what we sell
| Mike and Marie Heath
||Buhl, ID 83316-553
Vegetables - Greens: Leafy Greens
Vegetables - Greens: Head Lettuces
Vegetables - Cabbages and Family
Vegetables - Onions
Vegetables - Peas
Vegetables - Root Vegetables
Vegetables - Frozen Vegetables
Fruits - Melons
Herbs - Fresh Herbs
Dairy and Eggs - Eggs
Poultry - Turkey
Poultry - Duck
Nuts - Walnuts
Seeds, seed starts and plants - Live Plants
Pet Supplies - Bird Food
M&M Heath Farms is a family-run farm which has been cultivating Idaho soil for over 25 years. Headed up by Mike Heath, we started farming organically in 1982 and were certified in 1988. In 1990 M&M Heath Farms was one of the first to receive Idaho organic certification. Beginning with 180 acres of homestead farmland (Sunset Butte Organics) in Castleford, Idaho, Mike now farms close to 500 acres in the Buhl-Castleford area.
M&M Heath Farms grows several heirloom varieties and has diverse types of potato and winter squash. We now have 16 varieties of potatoes (experimenting with different kinds each year), 10 varieties of winter squash, 14 kinds of tomatoes (including 7 heirloom varieties) and several types of summer squash, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, beets, Swiss chard, herbs, onions, fresh beans, dry beans, sunflowers, hay and grain. We also raise organic beef, pork, chickens and other poultry, and eggs. We are also starting to produce our own organic seed and look forward to providing a local source to other growers.
We went organic and stayed organic because we believe in its health and ecological benefits. We also believe organic farming is more environmentally AND economically sustainable. We are proud to be long-time members of the Wood River and Twin Falls farmer's markets and now Idaho's Bounty, as we believe in the importance of local food production and consumption.
We practice sustainable agriculture utilizing organic methods, the primary of which is crop rotation. Rotating crops (such as alfalfa with legumes) naturally improves soil nutrition and nitrogen levels, which we supplement with organic compost. We manage pest and disease through rotation, companion planting, and biological controls (ladybugs are our friends!).
We steward our land through conservation tillage, placing vegetative filter strips at the bottom of our fields, using sediment ponds, and planting cover crops. And because we farm organically, we can't help but take care of the land as organic practices like crop rotation inherently preserve and improve soil quality.
We protect our water sources by conserving (we've gradually converted to sprinklers), growing cover crops to increase our soil's moisture retention, and rotating crops to balance early and late season growth thereby spreading out our water usage. And just by being organic we use less water.