Why Railey Farm & Field? It is our purpose to teach our fellow man... our fellow Americans to feed themselves; to raise a safe and historically proven food source that our forefathers planted... and to teach our fellow man to become self-sufficient through sustainable agriculture... planting an uncontaminated, heirloom, non-GMO food source.
In the 1800’s, 90% of Americans farmed, raising their own food supply. During the early 1900’s that figure dropped to 75 percent. Today... sadly... 2 percent of Americans feed 98 percent of a nation. Now listen... that same 2 percent feeds 14 percent of the world! I can tell you right now that statistic should cause concern to the American family! This is a dangerous and scary statistic. Furthermore, non-GMO, open pollinated seed is rarely, if ever, planted. This should be a wake-up call to all Americans. Now, with saying that, God bless the American farmer! My friends, the American farmer is the salt of the earth. They work tirelessly to feed the people.
Our goal here at Railey Farm & Field is to bring back safe and time proven, non-GMO, heirloom seed varieties like Hastings Prolific, Jimmy Red corn, various Indian corns, and vegetable seed that our forefathers planted.
Why non-GMO?? Now listen closely...for a food source... you don’t mess with Mother Nature! The splicing of molecules from one organism to another (GMO,) can lead to tragic results for a people! To splice the molecule of a bacteria, like Bacillus Therongenses (BT-ready corn) inhibits worm damage to the plant. You see, it is a natural bacteria found in the soil, which is toxic to worms. Currently there is Roundup ready corn and others on the horizon. They are fine for a bio-fuel source... but as a human food source... not my family! Now this is my humble opinion: there has not been enough research on GMO’s because it would take generations to do so. It’s just not worth it as a food source. Some may say... "Well... it goes to fuel.” Let me ask you this – does it find its way to animal feed? Is it being cross-pollinated to some of our heirloom varieties? I just do not feel comfortable with GMO products in our food chain or in animal feed.
I spent 30 years with one of the nation’s largest agriculture chemical and fertilizer companies. I was in sales and management and was a certified crop advisor. I then spent the next six years in the wildlife food plot industry. Make no mistake... modern technology feeds the world and I am proud of my past service and defend the American farmer. But what I am trying to say... what I am trying to convince you is this... I believe the way my grandparents and their grandparents raised a garden or small farm was a better way to safely feed the family. The food was fresh, safe, and the whole family was involved in something greater than themselves individually. My friends, we are dependent on the food we eat... and that is where Railey Farm & Field steps in. In the past, parents and children were in the garden – it was a family affair…..they worked together. History shows us that families worked hard and grew their own food. Not only growing it, but picking it, and then sitting down at the supper table and thanking the good Lord for the harvest. This was not only healthy for the family, but it is what built America. I tell you now... as the family goes, so goes the nation!
I believe all American families should learn how to raise and save a portion of their food supply. You should learn how to garden, can food, and to be good stewards of the land. In the end….cornbread made from Hastings Prolific, Jimmy Red, or other old varieties... well... you have to taste it yourself. Green beans from your garden cooked by you cannot compare to store bought green beans. You see, we are what we eat. One of the greatest benefits to non-GMO, open-pollinated, heirloom seed is that you can save your seed for future generations to come.
Now, this is how our company started: I have, and many others have, purchased seed and planted it, but it was not pure – it had been cross-pollinated. Several years ago, I purchased Bloody Butcher corn seed and at harvest, we found multi-colored ears; no doubt it had been contaminated from a nearby field corn. We raise our corn isolated from other varieties. In most cases, we are one mile away from other corn to avoid cross-pollination. I have been stunned to hear of others growing different varieties of corn on a five-acre field and selling it. It will always…..always result in an unhappy gardener or small farmer. With saying this, most seed companies are very reliable.
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