About Smyler's Farm
Smyler's Farm is a small farm located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. We use organic and sustainable farming methods to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. Some examples of some of what we grow are: lettuce, kale, peppers, sage, dill, cilantro, basil, stinging nettles, amaranth, peas, carrots, and more!
At Smyler's Farm we never use pesticides, we use natural fertilization and composting methods, operate on a small scale and sell locally. But even further than that, Smyler's Farm aims to be as Sustainable as possible. For example, we avoid nearly all fossil-fuel usage by not using a tractor, doing all farm related tasks with hand tools and wheelbarrows. (In the future, I would choose a horse to pull my farm implements if I want to work on a larger scale :). We also use no-till methods, we grow everything in raised garden beds and containers. We use a greenhouse to extend our range of production time to almost year round.
We enjoy providing our customers with healthy food. My wife and I proudly eat lots of the produce we grow because we like to eat healthy. I know that the produce that I grow has more nutrients and has more flavor than most produce that is sold today in big grocery stores. And still, my prices are usually far lower than even the organic produce found in grocery stores (which usually comes from California or Mexico).
We also believe that farming is not just about growing some vegetables. We see small-scale sustainable farming and family gardening as a major solution to current environmental and economic problems in America, and many other parts of the world. First, if individual families grow even part of their own food, they save money. Second, if food does not need to be constantly transported thousands of miles, this will save a large amount of energy and fossil fuel emissions...
That includes human energy, and time, and maintenance of vehicles, plus keeping the vegetables cool and fresh for the journey, etcetera. A third result of there being more small-scale organic farms would be that more people are healthier. The farmers themselves will no doubt get healthier because of the type of work they are doing and because they will surely be eating the healthy food they grow. Another situation in America is the average age of a farmer is around 57 and there are barely any young people (under age 35) choosing to become farmers. Farming could provide many jobs for young people, as it more often did a long time ago. More small-scale sustainable organic farms would mean more jobs for Americans including young people. It would also help improve the American economy. And last but not least, a switch from large monocrop farms with the accompanying environmentally damaging farming practices, to small-scale organic farms and home gardens would make make a big difference of preserving our natural environment such as clean water, clean land, clean air and clean healthy animals in the wild for hunting such as fish and deer.
We hope you enjoy our produce! Bon Apetit!