Khakalaki Farm is dedicated to growing healthy plants, animals, and people as naturally as possible (see methods of farming). Our vision is to learn, practice, and teach sustainable farming and living. We feel this will promote natural diversity and health to all who share this earth. It is our hope that people who realize the environmental and health costs of commercial farming (“agribusiness”) will move away from purchasing the most convenient, and cheapest foods when they discover local healthy food sources.
The costs of products from your local small farmer may be higher than the grocery store, because their costs to produce the food are higher: they are not subsidized by the government, nor do they have the buying power of a large organization. By buying locally you are supporting conservation and historical practice. Before trucking was widespread people bought and used what was locally available and in season. Fortunately, technology does allow a larger diversity of food to be locally grown. Some costs of buying non-local food may not be readily seen: the fuel costs to truck in out-of-season and non-local products, land fertility lost by monoculture practices, the loss of heritage breeds of plants and animals, the costs of fuel to import foreign foods and make artificial fertilizer, pollution from commercial confined animal operations (CAFOs), and the personal health consequences of chemical applications (herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, etc) to animals and their foods. We invite you to see how we grow your food; you will not find many commercial operations who offer such transparency. The consumer’s satisfaction is important. For a small farmer or business, if customers are not satisfied with the food or products they will not buy it and the farm cannot afford to stay in business.
The farm is located at the site of the former Girl Scout Camp “Cofitachiqui”. This site was selected based on natural beauty and diversity, lack of any known chemical use on site or nearby, and suitability for non-traditional farming and living. The land is an example of the transition between sand hills and the piedmont, with a wide variety of plants including kalmia, grandfather’s beard, sweet bay, holly, wild ginger, and many wildflowers and mushrooms. Trees include many varieties of oaks, tulip poplar, holly, sycamore, pines and hickory. Deer, pig, turkeys, woodpeckers, fox, raccoons and reptiles are among the wildlife inhabitants. A tributary of Paces Creek flows through the property year round, protected by an old growth riparian zone. The property is bordered by Lake Trenton to the west. We continue to maintain most of the marked trails made by the Girl Scouts so they can be enjoyed by hikers, bikers, horse riders and nature lovers alike.