Farming is ever changing. Brinkley Farms has grown from a tobacco farm to a flourishing produce and pastured-raised meat operation. The family attends local farmers’ markets year round, has a CSA program with multiple drop-off locations and a home delivery option, as well as delivers to local restaurants. That doesn’t even include the chickens to take care of for fresh eggs or grain crops to attend to. It keeps the family busy but they are thankful for their blessings!
Farming is not a job, it’s a way of life passed down from one generation to the next. Farming is bred into you from the beginning. It’s not something you can learn at any school. It teaches family values, hard work, patience, and an appreciation for the land to keep it viable for generations to come. Michael’s grandparents started their farm 70 years ago and Brinkley Farms has been blessed many times over the years.
Brinkley Farms is a conventional farm that uses some fertilizers and pesticides. Cover crops are used to control erosion and build the soil. Soil sampling and tissue analysis is used to apply the correct amount of fertilizer and specific pesticides are used to target specific bug and disease problems. No spray programs are utilized. Overall they hope to make the farm sustainable for the future.