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Welcome to Summerfield Herb Farm in Afton, Tennessee!

We are proud to be a distribution point for the Tennessee Environmental Council’s 250K tree day set for February 24, 2018. If you’d like to order your free trees please follow the following link AND REGISTER. If you show up here wanting trees and you haven’t registered and ordered trees we can’t help you. They will also happily accept $1.00 or $.50 cent donations per tree if you’re so inclined. For more, please go to http://tracking.etapestry.com/t/34259522/1324458848/75362159/0/102333/?x=acc7ee45
Planting Guides-

http://pollinator.org/guides Those ZIP code guides. Be sure to check your neighboring guides as well because you’ll find additional important information in those too.

https://www.audubon.org/native-plants Don’t forget to be bird friendly!

https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife Wonderful info in a broader range

https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/plant-lists/

http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/ Stand up and be counted!

http://monarchwatch.org/garden/plant-list-monarchwatch.pdf Monarch Watch’s plant list geared towards monarch conservation. Includes some non-natives.

Yard Map! www.Yardmap.org Tools to help plan and build the perfect habitat.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center suggested planting lists by state https://www.wildflower.org/collections

North American Butterfly Assn http://nababutterfly.com/regional-butterfly-garden-guides/

Recipe for a Flowering Bee Lawn https://www.beelab.umn.edu/bees/beelawn

PS- don’t forget to check the homepage of all these guides for so much more information than their planting lists.

Mowing Natural Areas for those with large properties

I’m dropping this in because many friends have more than a simple building lot that they maintain. It’s from our good friends at the Xerces Society https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/natural-areas/

Site Preparation

Rain Gardens! https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain/soak-rain-rain-gardens This can be a very important tool! Not only do rain gardens help clean our waterways but just about every city in the US is under Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) rules. In one breath your city may complain about the height of your front yard ‘weeds’ but in another city office the MS4 Stormwater folks are telling you to plant those same plants to help meet your town’s MS4 goals.

Xerces Society Guide ( notice how many times I refer to this wonderful group?)
https://xerces.org/guidelines-organic-site-preparation/

RoundStone Seed Company http://roundstoneseed.com/

EcoBlend Organic!  https://ecoblend.myshopify.com/
Identification Guides

Bee Identification-

https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5306468.pdf

USGS You know all those incredible bee photos you see? Yep, these guys are amazing! https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/

Bumble bee identification ( scroll to bottom of the page ) https://xerces.org/bumble-bee-identification/

Native Thistle Identification Guide by the Xerces Society https://xerces.org/2017/08/16/bringing-back-native-thistles/

USDA Plants Database, includes county level natives in most cases. https://plants.usda.gov/java/

Discover Life identification search for plants and oh, so much more http://www.discoverlife.org/

Citizen Science Projects

Project Noah http://www.projectnoah.org/

The Great Sunflower Project www.greatsunflower.org They also have a great garden evaluation tool on their site.

https://www.learner.org/jnorth/ Journey North… from the first sprouts of milkweed and monarchs to hummingbird migration and gray whales, something for everyone to report.

Monarch Health http://www.monarchparasites.org/ tracking OE in monarchs and a great guide to follow to raise healthy monarchs.

Monarch Larva Monitoring https://mlmp.org/default.aspx

Got time on your hands?

You can help transcribe museum records ( and get a sneak peek at museum holdings of the wild sort!) at https://www.notesfromnature.org/
Want to know what birds are visiting your garden and habitats?

Got Merlin? The wonderful bird identification app from The Cornell Lab. It could not be easier to use to make correct bird identifications. It simply asks where, when, how big, what colors and quickly shows you the most likely answer! http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
Nature’s BioControls-

Hate mosquitoes? Our beloved little Chimney Swifts are up for the job of mosquito removal! Your help is needed to protected these hard working birds! Removing your chimney top screens from early spring until you really need to build a fire to take the chill off late fall will help keep our swift populations healthy. http://chimneyswifts.org/

Currently we have one greenhouse and one hoop house (high tunnel). We are in the process of adding “native plant nursery” to our repertoire and should be ready to sell young trees and shrubs come spring 2018. We will still have our lineup of herbs, perennials, flowers, tomato, and pepper starts as usual. Our 2018 plant list will be available soon.  If you have a special plant request, we would love to hear from you!

We never use chemical herbicides or pesticides on our farm.  You can be assured that the plants you take home from our farm are safe for you and your pollinators! 

Our seeds and plant starts are sourced from reputable, inspected producers. We never dig native plants from the wild, because so many species are endangered.