Johanna Davis and Adam Nordell’s Story
Songbird Farm is run by Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis. This will be our third season in opperation. PRior to starting our own farm both of us have worked on my different farms in Maine, Montana and Washington. While living in Montana we also started a community food buying club that buys only Montana grown and produced foods. We decided to start farming because not only does it allow us to work with our hands outdoors everyday, cultivate and nurture the soil and plant life alike, but also contribute to our community in a positive, healthy way. We chose to become certified organic because we want our customers to know that we commit to farm in a way that is environmentally friendly and free of pesticides and genetic modification. We are excited to participate in and carry forward the tradition of building the soil and caring for the land.
We grow an heirloom variety of flint corn which we sell both as cornmeal and seed. The variety was traditionally grown by the Abenaki people – the land we are leasing was most likely once Abenaki farmland. We are requesting a grant of $1000 which would enable us to build two old-fashion corn cribs, one for cornmeal grade and one for seed grade, as well as to purchase a corn moisture meter. With the possibility of wet New England falls we currently battle with methods to fully dry down the corn enough for milling and proper storage.
We have found that people in our community are excited to expand their local purchasing beyond fresh vegetables and are now ready to buy local grains, especially one that connects the to the region\’s history. We would like to expand our operation to meet the growing market but need to build the infrastructure first.