Permaculture heritage farmer doesn’t use immigrant labor

Permaculture farming

At around 13:00 he mentions they don’t use immigrant labor.

Chaffin Family Orchards

This is a farm where they use livestock such as goats and chickens, to do the work that Industrial farming does with immigrants, chemicals, and mechanization. This is a positive EROEI farm. It can be done.

Our orchards produce fruits 365 days of the year. Olives, Oranges, Grapefruit, Lemons, Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Figs, Asian Pears, Avocados, Pomegranates, Persimmons, and Mandarins can all be found at the peak of ripeness during their season at our farm. All of these fruits are produced from our orchards using organic farming methods and picked fresh daily. Our fruits taste the way they are supposed to. We believe quality foods are achieved by growing time tested, old fashioned fruit varieties in concert with nature. When farmers try to tweak nature by adjusting the growing season, or utilizing elaborate storage it is food quality and health benefits that suffer.

Chaffin Family Orchards uses the most sustainable farming and ranching methods available to us. From our gravity fed water system to our solar powered fence systems and no till orchard practices we strive to keep the land healthy for generations. These environmentally friendly farming practices allow the farm to be a pleasant place for farm animals, wildlife, and people.

Quality can be found in all of our products as honesty and integrity guide us in our production practices. Animals are harvested when it makes sense from a taste and quality standpoint not just because there is demand. The same can be said of our fruits and olive oil. We make sacrifices of profit in order to produce a better product. Sometimes a storm will catch us unaware and we will lose some products on the trees but we feel they are better off stored there until harvest for a quality product than harvested prematurely thus producing a lesser product.

Our farm family enjoys getting to know and help our customers. We love to swap recipes and preparation tips as well as farming stories. Whether you visit the ranch personally, stop by the farmer’s markets, local natural food stores, or order from us online, we would love to have you be part of the farm experience and help us in our goal of quality land stewardship into the future.


  1. I think you would be surprised at how much of this type of farming goes on around the US. It’s not really new, my grandfather’s father did it. LOL. Among other things.

  2. @1

    Wait until Kievesky decides to build a moonshine still, or stomp grapes to make dago red.

    It’s a natural progression.

  3. I’m trying to start my own garden. I’ve had more luck with some things than others. The tomatoes germinated and produced nice seedlings but they died after I moved them into the garden. I think some cats accidentally crushed them.

  4. @Sam

    You can wait until your tomato plants get four to six inches or more high before you plant them in the ground. Cheap garden fencing is sold at Lowes, Home Depot, and Tractor Supply stores.

    It’s becoming popular today to grow vegatbles in pots for fun. You don’t have to spend a lot of money, almost any kind of pot like container will do. You can get a 50 pound bag of vegtable potting mix for 6 or 7 bucks. Knock yourself out.

  5. “Sustainable development is seeking to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. We have to learn our way out of current social and environmental problems and learn to live sustainably.

    Sustainable development is a vision of development that encompasses populations, animal and plant species, ecosystems, natural resources and that integrates concerns such as the fight against poverty, gender equality, human rights, education for all, health, human security, intercultural dialogue, etc.

    Education for sustainable development aims to help people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions.

    The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), for which UNESCO is the lead agency, seeks to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems we face in the 21st century.”

  6. @9 TabuLa

    There will be no sustainable development in the US until immigration is stopped, and illegal aliens are deported.

    We will be of no use to anyone, if we allow the US to be turned into a third world basket case.

  7. It takes 12 pounds of grapes to make one gallon of wine. I do grow grapes, but it’s much more remunerative to sell them as bunches of grapes. My grapes aren’t like store bought grapes at all. They are smaller, but incredibly sweet. When I was going to a farmer’s market a few years ago, I’d give out a sample from my grapes and get immediate purchase.

    Moonshine — that’s a lot of corn and a lot of effort for a little bit of booze. Maybe someday. For now, good old fresh food is the way to go. We have mason jars full of dried corn for corn bread, and dried beans. The purple corn dried quite nicely for bread. It’s important to be able to grow staples like corn and potatoes

  8. Another guy who’s doing a lot of innovative farming is Joel Salatin; in fact, he, like us, is “healing the culture”!

    Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

    Farm SignWe produce:
    * Salad Bar Beef
    * Pigaerator Pork
    * Pastured Poultry (Eggs, Broilers, Turkeys)
    * Forage-Based Rabbits
    * Forestry Products
    We are in the redemption business: healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture. Writing, speaking, and farm tours offer various message venues.

  9. No, Joel Salatin is doing good work. I know a commercial farmer who has learned many good things from him, he read his books and went to his seminar. This guy was already a very experienced farmer, but Salatin saved him years of experimentation and gave him several “best practices.”

    The culture of farmers is quite interesting, because it’s the opposite of “competition.” Farmers want other farmers to succeed, and view the “enemy” as Cargill and Conagra and Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland.

  10. Regarding where to go: I read that Home Depot has an “employment program” directed specifically at illegals. This is a supposed “charity”. To my knowledge (caveat, of course) Lowe’s does not.

    Also, here’s another resource, if you want to find fresh meat and produce in your area:

  11. @ 14 I think you need to pay him a couple of thousand dollars to attend a half day semminar, followed by a $500 dollar two hour tour of his farm. LOL. Is he Jewish? Seriously. LOL.

    I bet I can get one of my pals who is into serious farming, or gardening to spend a couple of hours with you for $ 250 bucks. LOL. Then there is the county fair every year, that costs $5 dollars. You can talk to many of the local farmers and they will explain in detail what they are doing.

  12. Around here Lowe’s and their Spanish signage is more annoying than Home Depot. Although don’t forget, Home Depot is Jew owned, and, they are cheap & shifty Jews. LOL.

    Oberlin College, when they are not freeing the slaves or illegal aliens, promoting homosexuality, advocating medical “wink wink” marijuana, and various other vices endorsed by the United Church of Christ does promote organic farming i.e. paying too much for food.

  13. You would think that these “organic farmers” local producers by not using commercial fertilizer & pesticides etc. would pass the savings on to the consumers? Yeah right. LOL.

  14. Kievsky
    “The culture of farmers is quite interesting, because it’s the opposite of “competition.” Farmers want other farmers to succeed, and view the “enemy” as Cargill and Conagra and Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland.”

    I have a theory about this, and that is that you get what you describe, in environments where you don’t have a hierarchy where the one you cooperate with is also your competitor for further social advancment.

    For instance in road construction work, everybody helps eachother out, since there is no way a guy driving a tractor could take the engineers place, so that status is rewarded by being usefull to your workmates. For the engineers it is different, since enough of them view the others as competitors for advancement throuh the hierarchies. When you are close to the top, the competition often becomes deadly, with disasterous consequences for the social environment, since you can expect backstabbing from people wanting your job.

    I have also seen the same pattern among teachers in schools, where the ones who want to climb the career ladder, usually gets sharp elbows all of them, since the competitor almost alway is one of your collegues. You also get moral police in places like this, since there is always some teacher who will try to sit on the high horse in judgement of anybody who don’t follow the majority.

  15. Tom,

    Why should local farmers pass on the savings? Agribusiness gets billions in subsidies every year! The local farmers don’t. And they get elbowed out/bought out by developers. Farm subsidies also subsidized suburban development, because farmers couldn’t make enough money to be worth it not to sell to developers.

    The yuppies that pay big bucks for local produce can afford it, and that money goes into poorer local households.

  16. Tom, they save on fertilizer & pesticides but they can’t take advantage of the economies of scale that big agribusiness can. Then there’s the market, because they produce a superior product they can charge more.

  17. Tom @ 18.

    Did it ever occur to you, that perhaps we ALL should be doing this? I mean, how hard is it to have chickens in your back yard. Almost all municipalities allow for hens (not roosters, though!) and two egg-laying hens will give you enough eggs for each week, plus a chicken every once in a while, for a minimum cost.

    Also, gardens, instead of grass, is one way to have REAL FOOD. Permaculture is really growing in the UK, and I think it has great applicability here in the USA, esp. in ‘victory gardens.’ Now, if we could only get the women folk to stay home, grind the grain, bake the bread, and homeschool the next generation, we’d have the country back in 50 years!

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