In 2007, I purchased 69.5 acres, including the original Brickel family home which is a beautiful piece of local history. Immediately, my team and I worked with the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) to get 1.5 acres of land certified organic then started growing fruits and vegetables to sell at local farmers’ markets. In 2008-2009, we partnered with Greene County to create four different conservation programs on the property: warm season grasses and wild flowers, a quail buffer zone, a woodland area and a one-acre pond.
To expand our growing season, we erected our first high tunnel greenhouse and innovative, adjustable trellis system to produce certified organic red raspberries. In 2010, we added 1,000 lineal feet of blackberries, along with a wide variety of herbs, greens, asparagus, tomatoes and peppers. Today, we sell our produce to restaurants and grocers and individuals who visit the farm.
Brickel Creek Organic Farm is not your typical Organic Farm. We grow produce like our ancestors with Love & Integrity.
Our focus is on taking care of the soil which is the basis for growing fruits and vegetables. Healthy soil holds water and stores nutrients. All vegetables have a set amount of nutrients and they begin to lose them the minute they are picked. Once harvested they begin to consume their own nutrients in order to stay alive. The University of California studies show that vegetables can lose 15-55% of vitamin C, for instance in the first week. Some Spinach can lose 90% in the first 24 hours after harvest.
Our policy is to harvest and deliver the same day so you are assured of getting the product you ordered with the highest nutritional value possible and amazing flavor. In buying from us you keep the money in the local community and in the hands of the people who produce the food rather than those who market, label, and distribute it. You will also be enjoying produce that is truly real food.
Being certified organic we undergo annual inspections of both our fields and our records to assure the consumer we are accountable and they can trust our label.
The first time I drove down Brickel Creek’s narrow roadway and saw the wide open fields and historic two-story farmhouse, I knew I was home. You see, growing up in Dayton, I had always loved “digging in the dirt.” In 2002, I started volunteering at Cox Arboretum and my passion blossomed. Wanting to learn more, I took classes and obtained my certification as a Master Organic Gardener. Then, in 2006, I took that fateful trip down Brickel Creek road and fell in love. The farm is the original homestead of the Brickel Family who settled in Jamestown in 1890. Over the years, they owned over 500 acres in the area and raised race horses, hogs and cattle.