About the Farm

Three Springs Farm grows on 6 acres in Cherokee County. Everything is certified organic.

Some of our practices include:

* Using only certified organic pest control methods. We do not use any herbicides or chemical pesticides.

* Employing crop rotations for disease prevention and soil health. Healthy soil is the heart of our operation.

* Utilizing low tillage practices that preserve the soil structure and layers.

* Planting cover crops to prevent erosion, control weeds, and build soil fertility.

* Planting certified organic seed whenever it is available.

About the Farmers

Emily Oakley and Michael Appel own and operate Three Springs Farm.

Emily was born and raised in Tulsa, and Mike is originally from Long Island, New York. Together they have traveled around the world to study sustainable agricultural systems. Before starting Three Springs Farm, Mike and Emily worked with a community gardening non-profit in Rhode Island and interned at Full Belly Farm in California. Emily received a Masters in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis while Mike was the CSA manager at Eatwell Farm. In 2003, they moved to Oklahoma to start a small-scale diverse vegetable farm. Emily is interested in agrobiodiversity and the role of women in farming. Mike is passionate about the social issues surrounding food systems. They use time in the winter to participate in farmer-to-farmer exchanges with other growers around the world and to work on local and national agricultural issues. Emily serves as an Organic Producer Representative to the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board.

What we grow

 
We produce a variety of hand-crafted vegtables and fruits. We grow both heirloom and standard varieties.

Cool Season Crops

April -June

cool

Warm Season Crops

June - August

warm

our vision

A
Economically viable for two full time farmers

Three Springs Farm strives to be as small as possible, while still making a simple living. This is achieved by selling directly to our customers through farmers' markets.

B
Environmentally responsible

Mike and Emily are passionate about creating a biologically diverse agricultural system that protects nature rather than harming it. We strive to replenish the land for future generations.

C
Socially engaged

Mike and Emily want to generate awareness about the local and global implications of our food choices while providing our customers with more sustainable alternatives. They work on initiatives to make our food accessible to all.

D
Providing fresh, healthy food

None of the food from Three Springs Farm is grown with harmful agrochemicals.