The farmers behind Southpaw Fruit Farm: Abbi Smith and Mark Gallo.

The farmers behind Southpaw Fruit Farm: Abbi Smith and Mark Gallo.

WHO WE ARE
Southpaw Fruit Farm is a small, diversified fruit and flower farm in northeast Dane County. While this may be the farm’s first season, we are not new to agriculture! Together, we have over 20 years experience raising local food and flowers. After years of working for other growers, this farm is our effort to transform an old house and two acres into a thriving homestead and sustainable business.

WHAT WE GROW
While we are focusing on flowers for the 2019 season, our long term goal is to become a diversified perennial fruit and flower farm. In 2018, we grafted and planted a number of apple, persimmon, and plum trees. That means we will eventually produce yearly crops of local fruits, but it takes a few years for plants to get established and producing! Until we start seeing the fruits of our labor, expect to find us with a range of other crops - flowers for now, but also melons, pumpkins, corn, and dry beans will be in our future.

SUSTAINABILITY
Both Abbi and Mark have a background in sustainable and organic farming - and believe that healthy food and flowers come from environmentally-friendly growing practices. Our flowers are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and using organic methods. That said, as a small farm we have a few years and hurdles to overcome in order to become registered as “certified organic”. In the meantime, we’ll be working on projects to improve the soil, wildlife habitat, and biodiversity on our small farm. Check out our blog to see what improvements we’re working on!

 
Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities in the world.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson