Our Growing Practicies

We’re committed to offering you only the very best chile products. From the moment our seeds are planted in our rich biodynamic soil, and nurtured through the first leaves of growth, we labor with single-minded focus to grow the healthiest, most wholesome, and (we may say with some pride) hottest chile peppers around.

We know you’ll love our products, because we understand that what’s put into your body starts with what we put into our soil. When you buy from us, you aren’t just buying a pepper, you are buying carefully nurtured Tennessee earth, free flowing fresh spring water, and diligent custodians who refuse to use even an ounce of artificial chemicals.

Read more below!

What is Biodynamic?

The fertility of biodynamic soil arises out of the recycling of the organic material that nature generates. While agriculture takes nature to a state that is one step removed from wilderness, the wisdom of the farmer that manages its course can reflect the ancient principles of sustainability. The view of the farm as an organism that extends beyond the fence line and includes the tangible and intangible forces that work through it. Examples include the climate, wildlife (above and below the ground), ground water, forestry, and the light and warmth from the sun.

Biodynamic agriculture attempts to harmonize all of these factors within a holistic, living farm system.  The food that results is very pure and true to its essence and provides deeply penetrating nutrition that is essential to an increasingly unhealthy human population.

Dr. Rudolf Steiner developed the view of the farm as a living organism: self‐contained and self‐sustaining, responsible for creating and maintaining its individual health and vitality. This is in sharp contrast to the view of the farm as a factory, boosting production by importing chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers – which is the mentality most farms reflect. Steiner was one of the first public figures to question the long‐term benefits of this manufacturing view of agriculture and to warn of its environmentally destructive practices.

In day‐to‐day practice the goal of biodynamic agriculture is to create a farm system that is minimally dependent on imported materials, and instead meets its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself.  It is the biodiversity of the farm, organized so that the waste of one part of the farm becomes the energy for another, that results in an increase in the farm’s capacity for self‐renewal and ultimately makes the farm sustainable.

This requires that, as much as possible, a farm be regenerative rather than degenerative. An important social value of biodynamic farming is that it does not depend on the mining of the earth’s natural resources, like most modern farming operations, but instead emphasizes contributing to it.

Spring & Rain Water

City water can contain more than 2,000 different contaminants. You may be familiar with a few of the common poisons found in city water. Lead is quite common, thanks to its use in the conduits carrying the water supply. Fluoride, which the EPA has labeled as a neurotoxin, is often used for ‘cleansing’ the water. Both Fluoride and Lead accumulate in the body over time.

Pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, hormones (birth control), mood stabilizers (e.g. dopamine suppressants) and even arsenic are not removed when the water is recycled. This water is what’s often used by farms for irrigation. Which is particularly sinister because a stranger’s drug dosages are being absorbed into the plants being irrigated. 

Spring Outflow

Unfortunately, this turns what should be clean, life giving water, into the leftovers of someone else’s drug regimen. Plants absorb water through their roots. The water moves upward, hydrating the plant, eventually reaching the stems and beyond. The water then evaporates from the leaves of the plant, and what’s left behind are the chemicals that were once in the water. These chemicals are then passed into the plant’s fruit, and then into the soil when the plant dies. 

Healthy water, such as our free flowing spring waters originating from deep Tennessee aquifers, contain minerals and nutrients that plants need to stay vibrant and healthy.  When our plants evaporate the water from their leaves, all that’s left behind are minerals and micro-nutrients, great for the nourishment and growth of our plants. It also feeds the biology of the soil, increasing it’s fertility and life giving abilities.

Compost & Leaves

We fertilize our soil by adding in organic matter, like leaves, manure, wood chips, and plants. These things contain the vitamins and nutrients that plants need in order to thrive. As explained in the paragraph above, plants draw water from the ground with it’s roots. Nutrients for the plant are dissolved in the water, and remain behind when the water evaporates from the stems and leaves.

So by adding wood chips, leaves, plants and manures to the soil, we are giving all the absorbed nutrients back to the soil. Fertilizing this way means that our soil doesn’t contain the supercharged chemical fertilizers that were synthesized in a lab somewhere. The synthesized chemicals sold as fertilizer diminishes the overall health of the soil, and throws nature’s ecosystem out of alignment.

Mulching & No-Till

Soil fertility and vitality relies on many factors. Soil has a structure, just like a building. It has pores, homes for benficial insects, and earth worm tunnels that transport air and water. If the structure of the soil, and thereby the ecosystem within it, is disrupted or destroyed, soil fertility will suffer.

We use mulch heavily, which helps protect and maintain the soil’s structure. The mulch absorbs water, which keeps the topsoil from being washed away during a heavy rain, or becoming water logged. It also insulates the soil from summer heat, and the damaging rays from the Sun. Which allows the topsoil to retain moisture, and protects the organic matter from oxidation.

Mulch, as well as not tilling, reduces soil compaction. Which improves root penetration and access to soil moisture and nutrients. The lack of compaction also creates greater water infiltration, retention, and availability due to being more porous, and makes it easier for earth worms to tunnel.

Earth worms are extremely beneficial to the soil, because they create pathways for water and air travel and exchange. They also digest organic matter, turning it into nutrients readily usable by plants, and distributing it throughout the soil. Tilling kills earth worms, as well as destroys their network of tunnels.

Plowing and tilling destroys the ecosystem that exists in the soil. It disrupts soil aggregates, and kills beneficial micro-organisms in the soil. Eventually leading to dry, barren soil, because it can’t create or maintain it’s structure when constantly being turned upside down and inside out. Soil structure degrades with cultiviation – plowing and tilling. You can imagine how succesful you would be having a functional and orderly home, if a tornado ran it over once or twice a year.

So paired together, mulching and not tilling, benefit the soil greatly by improving water movement, water retention, air movement, biological activity, and root growth. All of these things make for healthier and vibrant plants, allowing them to pass the minerals and micronutrients on to their fruit. Our growing practices are what set us apart, and are what make our peppers the preferred, and best source for heat.

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