Customer Testimonials - King's Hill Farm
Challenge - Area to start transplants, storage, livestock housing
Solution - 34' wide x 96' long Solar Star Gothic Greenhouse, 34' wide x 48' long Solar Star Gothic Greenhouse, 38' wide x 100' long ClearSpan Storage Master
Application - Greenhouses and storage areas
Location - Mineral Point, WI
At King's Hill Farm, "building a sustainable future" is the motto. Created in 2008 by Jai and Joel Kellum, the organic farm focuses on growing wholesome and healthy vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, or as Jai puts it, "nearly everything that grows under the southern Wisconsin sun."
The pair farmed previously in Viroqua, WI until the devastating fall floods of 2007 initiated a move to an 850-acre parcel of land located in Mineral Point, WI. The land, owned by the Goodman family and managed by the Kellums, is a true Community Supported Agriculture Project. Their quest is "to farm the earth with harmony and respect of natural limitations, and to ensure food security by sharing the bounty of the harvest with the community," Jai explains.
"2009 is our first year of production, and we had plenty of field space to fill," says Jai, "so it was imperative that we had a couple of greenhouses where we could start our transplants." To aid in propagation and transplanting, the Kellums purchased two Solar Star Gothic Greenhouses measuring 34' x 96', and 34' x 48'. Since building the greenhouses, Jai says, "Our transplants have consistently outperformed our direct seeded crops. They have a leg up on weeds, insect pests, and if they're properly hardened off which we also use one of the greenhouses for they handle the weather just fine." The greenhouses also serve as a winter habitat for some of the farm's livestock, including ducks and llamas, when the temperature reaches as low as -40°.
In addition to the Solar Star Greenhouses, the Kellums purchased a ClearSpan Storage Master Building, measuring 38' x 15' x 100', to house equipment and inventory like tractors, vegetable boxes and tools. The building also serves as a work space in the cooler months; the farm inoculated 1,300 ironwood logs for shiitake mushrooms inside the building in the spring of 2009, says Jai.
The buildings have worked out well for the Kellums, and Jai says, "We are happy that we have them up and going. They have allowed us to get a jump on the season with tens of thousands of plants, and start supplying our CSA and wholesale accounts with a wide variety of produce, starting at the beginning of June."