3 Porch Farm
Mandy and Steve O’Shea
We are "Certified Naturally Grown" (same standards as USDA Organic), yet our commitment to sustainable farming goes far beyond that. All 3 of our farm vehicles run on waste vegetable oil that we recycle from restaurants in Athens. Since April 4th 2012, we are entirely solar powered!! We keep adding panels as our infrastructure grows and to date we have almost 20 KW of solar panels, which provide enough electricity to supply the needs of the entire farm plus our house, and still quite a bit extra to feed back into the grid. Our goal is to be as close to carbon neutral as possible and to use the farm as an opportunity to put all of our best ethics into practice. Planet before profit is our operating principal. Though organic fruit is difficult to pull off in the south, we are currently experimenting with a variety of hearty and delicious apples, plums, pears, peaches, nectarines and more. The farm is lush with strawberries and blueberries that we harvest at peak ripeness to the delight of our customers at the Athens Farmers Market and Freedom Farmers Market (in Atlanta) on Saturdays. And while we love growing fruit, our true passion is flowers! Our relationship with flowers keeps growing and growing and this year will be an abundant one as we have planted more than ever! Each year our love for growing and designing with flowers expands and our farm grows in tandem with that love. We've added hundreds of rose bushes and peonies, thousands of dahlias and ranunculus, and a myriad of other varieties for every season. We'll also be continuing to produce our fantastically delicious popsicles (HoneyPops) made with just our fruit and local honey, so you can have a sweet dessert treat on a hot Georgia morning and actually be eating a healthy breakfast at the same time. We have the good fortune of living on an amazing farm with a little under 9 acres of gorgeous landscaping, constantly in bloom, and filled with wildlife. It is our great pleasure to spend our years working together to bring something positive to an already wonderful community.