Edible Plants Shipped to Your Garden


Fruiting Plants

We specialize in Blueberry BushesAvocado, Mango, Olive, Barbados Cherry & Miracle Berry, with 80+ species of fruiting & edible plants available.

Edible Plants

From Moringa, known as the "Tree of Life", Cranberry Hibiscus & Sugar Cane to annuals like Lettuces, Celery, Tomatoes & Peppers.

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Ginger Roots

Ginger Roots are used worldwide for their extensive medicinal properties. We sell edible, high quality rhizomes and rooted plants of Yellow Ginger and Turmeric.

 
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Our History

Located in Howey-in-the-Hills, A Natural Farm & Educational Center is a family owned and operated farm specializing in Chemical Free Agriculture.

Founded in 2012 by Luc & Sonia Duytsche, the main focus on the farm is the production and selling of edible plants, fruit trees, fresh ginger roots, blueberries & blackberries. The secondary mission of the farm is offering free or low-cost educational classes for both children and adults on sustainable farming, gardening and plant production through hands-on workshops.

Born in France, with background degrees in horticulture and business, Luc Duytsche has worked 20+ years in the states perfecting natural, chemical free gardening here in Florida. Arriving as a student intern in 1992, Luc began his career with a large Lake County tree farm and by 1994, he returned with his family to call Florida home. Since then, Luc worked for several plant nurseries before opening his own farm & educational center.

Natural Growing Practices

Realizing the harmful effects that synthetic chemicals have on the farm's workers, our customer's health & our environment, A Natural Farm relies on a 100% chemical free approach to growing healthy, poison-free plants. This means no artificial fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides are ever used on the farm. Worm castings, composted turkey & horse manures, biological insecticides & fungicides, such as neem oil, are utilized.

The farm is has a steady foundation built upon Luc's years of experience, developing techniques to eliminate pests, control weeds & grow sustainably without the need of synthetic solutions. For example, the farm utilizes mats made of natural components in each plant's pot to limit the amount of weeds. In addition, the seeds we use are not genetically modified or altered in anyway, reminiscent of the vegetables from our grandmother’s garden. The farm grows their plants just as nature has intended and with the tools Mother Earth has provided.

Consulting

With more people concerned with where their food is coming from & questioning how it is grown, modern farming operations are becoming obsolete. A naturalistic approach that cooperates with nature is needed to build an thriving & sustainable food production. Luc has dedicated himself & his farm to this type of practice and makes himself available to pass along this knowledge to others. Whether you are a family looking to start a healthy, cost-saving garden or a large agricultural operation seeking to regulate growing practices & increase responsibility, simply contact us below.

 

Phone

(352) 536-3112

 

Location

23630 Florida 19
Howey-in-the-Hills FL 34737

 

Hours

Mon–Sat 10a–5p

Events


Plant Sales/Festivals

 

Saturday, January 26th, Kumquat Festival

Downtown Dade City Fl

https://www.dadecitychamber.org/annual-kumquat-festivalr

 

Saturday & Sunday February 2nd & 3rd, Garden Fest

Vero Beach Riverside Park

http://www.gardenclubofirc.org/Gardenfest.html

 

 

 

 

 

On the Farm FREE Workshops/events

Hello dear visitor, We will start our new season of Free classes/workshops soon.

You can be kept up to date with our schedule by signing-up to our newsletters. Please email your email address to anaturalfarm@gmail.com or call Luc at 352 536 3112

See you soon.

 

To schedule an event, plant sale or educational seminar, please contact us.

 


 Visitors & Friends of A Natural Farm

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Educational Center

 

To have healthy, happy people, it begins with healthy, happy plants.

A Natural Farm's mission is to help adults and children learn the foundations of farming and connect families to their food source.

With over 10+ years experience in farming, gardening & natural practices, it is the duty of A Natural Farm to supply our local community with the knowledge on creating and maintaining a lifelong garden. This means providing families with the proper education on how farms & edible gardens can operate naturally. We take pride in our growing practices, so much so, that our classes are free of charge and available to the public, classrooms, school field trips or just about anybody willing to learn and get their hands dirty!

Topics covered & discussed:

  • Chemical Free, Natural Gardening
  • Tips & Tools
  • Farm Production
  • Worm Castings
  • Plant Varieties & Identification
  • Medicinal Plants

On the Farm Workshops:

Learn to plant fruit trees, covering fertilization, watering & site selection for specific trees and edibles.

Visiting friends of the farm offer their knowledge on subjects like bee keeping, Yerba Mate or growing in raised beds.

Connect With Your Local Farmer

Call (352) 536–3112 or E-mail us directly here.
Our farm is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5. We are available for sales, educational seminars, consulting & general information on our growing practices.

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Olive

(OLEA EUROPAEA)

Arbequina

This variety IS A RESILIENT TREE, RESISTANT TO PESTS & NEARLY IMMUNE TO ALL DISEASE. Very Cold hardy from atlanta to miami. THIS SPANISH OLIVE HAS INTENSE, EXCELLENT FLAVOR. BRINE CURED FOR TABLE EATING OR PRESSED FOR MAKING EXCELLENT HOMEMADE OLIVE OIL. TREES ARE SELF-FERTILE AND HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE. OLIVE TREES FRUIT RELIABLY IN THE SOUTHEAST. GREY-GREEN EVERGREEN FOLIAGE OF THE TREE OFFERS ANY LANDSCAPE (INDOORS OR OUTDOORS) A DISTINCT BEAUTY.

THE TREE IS TYPICALLY WEEPING, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE GROWN OURS TO BE STRAIGHT. WE OFFER THREE SIZES OF OLIVE TREES AS WELL AS TREES PRUNED IN ESPALIER FASHION.


USDA Hardiness Zones:8-11 (in the ground), ground planting into zone 7 is possible with microclimates and northern wind protection. Can be grown in containers in all zones, simply move potted plants indoors during winter months for protection and move outdoors during summer months to encourage greater fruit production.
Chill Hours:250 hours to fruit properly; olives are commercially grown for fruit harvest as far North as Atlanta. We have observed Central Florida being the most southern zone for successful fruit harvest during cooler winters. Mild winters have been less successful in Central Florida for fruiting.
Deciduous/Evergreen:Evergreen in zones 8-11 and can be Semi-Deciduous loosing their foliage in very low temperatures when planted outside the recommended growing zones - if in a container, move indoors to avoid leaf drop
Plant Type:Perennial
Pollinator:Self-fertile
Blooming Season:February-March
Ripening Season:September-October
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities:From our 5” pot size, expect fruit in 3-4 years. Our 7 gallon & 15 gallon trees are already producing fruit. Even smaller trees from cuttings will produce up to 20 lbs of fruit.
Full Size:20' high tree at maturity
Cold Tolerance:Cold hardy to 14 degrees, thrives in hot summers but Olive trees tolerate temperate regions without bearing fruit. Flowers & fruits will be damaged at 32 degrees.
Light Requirements:Full Sun as main crop or Partial if used as an understory tree
Drought Tolerance/Watering:Hardy to Heat & Drought once established. For initial planting water every day for the first month and then once a week
Soil & Site Requirements:Tolerates wide range of soils but does best with well drained sandy soil rich in organic matter. Be sure to mulch around the base of the tree to trap heat and build organic matter. Use a slow release fertilizer high in nitrogen March, May & August
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6” Pot

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3 Gallon Pot

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7 Gallon Pot

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15 Gallon Standard

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15 Gallon Multi-trunk

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15 Gallon Espalier

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30 Gallon Standard

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30 Gallon Multi-trunk

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30 Gallon Espalier

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45 Gallon Standard

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45 Gallon Multi-trunk

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65 Gallon Standard

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65 Gallon Multi-trunk

 
For Central Florida fruit ripens in July - August

For Central Florida fruit ripens in July - August

Olive trees are one of the hardiest adaptable plants to add to our edible & ornamental landscape designs. Originating in a Mediterranean climate, the olive plant is assimilated to hot & dry summers with wet winters. They don’t complain when there is plenty of summer rains though, thriving in various climates in zones 7-9. With up to 20lbs of fruit per tree - even in these conditions - we claim the Olive to be an incredibly resilient crop!

Arbequina Olives are highly aromatic, small, dark brown and very flavorful. While used as a table olive, the fruit’s high oil content make them ideal for oil production. Pickling in a brine is best practice with an abundant harvest of home grown olives!

Olives for Health & Prosperity! Olives and their oil contain bioactive compounds that contain high concentrations of antioxidants and exude antihypertensive, antiatherogenic, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and hypoglycemic properties. Leaves of the Olive tree are also collected, dried and cut for their medicinal qualities. Brewing a tea with the leaves has similar benefits to Olive Oil.

Grow in pots to bring a unique aesthetic to your home or office.Olive trees offer plenty of ornamental value as a container plant with their grey-green foliage.