A CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC FARM - Growing great food for all people.
Welcome to Sneaky Crow Farm. We are located in Randolph County Alabama in Roanoke. Our mission and vision is to provide ORGANIC, locally grown vegetables and fruits to customers in East Alabama and West Georgia at local farmers markets and at our roadside stand at the farm.
We grow a wide variety of vegetables, including: beans, peas, tomatoes, onions, garlic, sweet and white potatoes, cabbage, collards, spinach, lettuce, okra, kale, turnip greens, peppers, squash, zucchini, rutabagas, blueberries, strawberries, eggplant, and melons. We take our stewardship of the family farm seriously and want to make sure we leave the land to our descendants in as good or better shape than when we inherited it from our ancestors.
We are certified to grow organic vegetables and fruits by Georgia Crop Improvement Association Organic Certification Program (GCIAOCP) of Athens, GA. Our farm was first certified organic in 2011. We now display the "USDAORGANIC" logo on all of our produce.
We harvest and market most of our produce the same day! The big retailers can't match our performance since they source their produce from far off places. Buy Fresh, Buy Local!
All of our crops are grown using organic methods. We conserve water by using micro-irrigation (drip irrigation) and plastic mulch. This photo shows some of our 2010 tomato and squash plants being grown using drip irrigation. We also harvest rainwater for use in our vegetable transplant production activities.
We plant cover crops (ryegrass, clover, turnips, and Austrian peas) in the fall to prevent soil erosion during the winter and to trap and add nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. Organic soil amendments such as fish emulsions, compost, green manures, straw, greensand, and rock minerals are used to build up the soil.
Our high tunnel or hoop house allows us to extend our growing season for crops like tomatoes and beans. We also grow cold tolerant crops like lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, onions, broccoli, Swiss chard, arugula and salad greens during the winter months.
We believe in growing the food we sell to our neighbors, both near and not so near, using methods that do not damage the soil, water, and the environment in general.
We support the efforts of the forward-looking folks in governmental agencies tasked with the protection of our food supply. If they are to be successful, consumers of fresh produce must exercise their right to know where and how the food they buy is grown, handled, and sold.
This photo below shows okra in the foreground being cut for sale at an afternoon market and our hoop house in the far background. Tomatoes grew nicely in the hoop house until late December and were then replaced with cool season crops. We saved okra seeds from the 2012 crop and used them to plant our 2013 crop. We have been saving our okra seed for a number of years and each year the okra crop is superior to the previous year's crop.
Where did we get the name "Sneaky Crow Farm?" Well, one day while my wife and I were gathering some vegetables from the gardens she noticed a "murder" of crows attacking our nearly ripe watermelons. Yes, a group of crows is called a "murder of crows." She was so upset she started clapping her hands and shouted at the top of her lungs, "Those sneaky crows!" Thus the name, surely not easily forgotten. We don't harm the crows, because they help keep the environment in balance by eating lots of insects on our farms.
We support the Alabama Farmers Market Authority's "BUY FRESH, BUY LOCAL" program by participating in local farmers markets in Auburn, Opelika, Wedowee, and Valley. Click on the "Buy Our Farm Produce" item to see market information.
We belong to a number of groups that support organic and sustainable agriculture, including: Slow Food Hoochee Poosa, Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN), National Women in Agriculture Assn. (NWIAA), West Georgia Farmers Cooperative, Down To Earth Organics Association, Alabama Beekeepers Assn., Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Assn., and Troup County (Georgia) Assoc. of Beekeepers.