By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Other | Issue: July 2014
Sara Causey delivers fresh organic fruits and veggies from her Sollymon Farm to area residents in Claremore, Owasso, Tulsa and Broken Arrow.
Sara Causey’s passion for cooking, eating and having access to healthy produce has led her on a new adventure in life – one also benefitting others. Sara started gardening last year as a means of both saving money and having access to high-quality vegetables. Then, she made a discovery.
“I realized I had a green thumb and an abundance of produce from only a few plants,” Sara says. “I shared some extras last year and received great feedback. I
knew then that I was on to something.”
That something has blossomed into Sollymon Farm, where her garden has spread to a one-acre plot. Sollymon Farm is named after her deceased dog, Solomon.
“I named it after my bull terrier, Solomon (aka Sol, Solly, Sollymon, the Sollymonster),” she explains. “We both enjoyed country living and gardening. When he passed away last year, I knew I wanted to honor him somehow.”
While the 5-foot dynamo – and that’s in her bare feet – occasionally has gardening help from her father, she is the sole proprietor and spends approximately 25 hours per week getting her hands dirty in God’s green earth. And that’s in addition to her day job as a corporate recruiter.
“I’m pretty much a one-woman show,” she says, when referring to her organic garden. “Many think you have to have an 80-acre plot to farm, but that’s just not true. I’ve seen people growing vegetables on smaller plots than my one-acre and doing it successfully.”
Sara’s garden contains a little of everything: corn, okra, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, melons and berries. Depending on the whims of the weather, her garden may include a variety of berries – strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Since her garden has grown, Sara is now offering the fruits of her labor to residents in the Claremore, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Tulsa areas. For $20 per box for once per week delivery or $30 per box for twice per month delivery, the customer receives fresh produce in what is called a Community Supported Agriculture box. “It means the farmer growing the produce selects what is in season and in good condition to go in the box,” she adds. “Since I am using the CSA model, it keeps things simple for me and it keeps the customer engaged. Most people like the mystery of not knowing what’s in this week’s or this month’s box. I want it to be a happy surprise! Also, I intend to include recipes online to help families cook what they have and make their dollars stretch a bit more.”
Sara’s passion for organic gardening led her to purchase Emma, a Dutch rabbit, who provides the chief fertilizer for her produce. “Bunny poo is one of the best sources of organic, nitrogen-based fertilizer for your plants,” she says. “I describe my business as organic, sustainable, ethical, local and transparent. I want people to have a local alternative to the big box ‘organic stores.’ Not so long ago, people knew where their food came from and who was growing it. Now we have faceless entities driving food from all over the country and all over the world.”
Sara refuses to use toxins or chemicals of any kind. “It’s important to abide by an ethic of permaculture – meaning you work with nature not against it,” she adds. “It also means seeing the big picture – how plants, animals and climate work in tandem. So instead of spraying chemicals with reckless abandon, you consider organic solutions and long-term impacts. Some chemicals remain in the soil for years after being sprayed. I don’t want to participate in that type of agribusiness model.”
To contact Sara to have fresh produce delivered to your work, business or school, contact her via email at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. She’s also available for consultations and gardening help on a by-appointment basis.
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.