ABOUT THE FARM
Located on a curvy country road in Proctor, Arkansas, Delta Sol Farm is nestled in a sweet little spot with open fields, constant sun, a small pond and some secret wooded nooks-n-crannies. The farm was originated in 2009 by owner/operator Brandon Pugh and lies within viewing distance of the Mississippi River Levee, in the rich fertile lands of the Arkansas Delta. The land has been in Brandon’s family for three generations and has been used for row cropping, horses and cattle.
Delta Sol Farm cultivates one full acre of diverse, certified organic flowers and herbs, and is home to honey bee hives, perennial plantings, and one incredible puppy named Cash.
The farm also collaborates with the local branch of the National Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) to create an agriculturally inclined conservation plan, including help with livestock fencing, greenhouse grants and better water drainage.
Delta Sol Farm emphasizes crop productivity with ecological sustainability, while focusing on soil life and vitality to produce high quality, healthy and beautiful flowers. All practices are executed with an appreciation of nature, and with a commitment to providing safe, vibrant and delicious products to our community.
Through the years Delta Sol Farm has participated in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for over 100 households, and has attended markets at The Cooper Young Community Farmers Market, Memphis Botanic Gardens Market, Memphis Farmers Market and other small markets closer to home. Our produce and flowers can also be found in several independently run restaurants in Memphis.
ABOUT THE FARMER
Brandon Pugh kicked off his organic farming career way out in Eugene, OR in 1997 apprenticing at a small farm and since then has farmed extensively in North Carolina, New England, the Arkansas Ozarks and along the California coast. He graduated from Warren Wilson College with a degree in Environmental Studies and then spent a year in Americorps working with migrant farm workers and pesticide exposure issues in eastern Arkansas. He attended the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of Santa Cruz, worked for the Santa Rosa Junior College Farm, and ran Sol Food Farm for two years before returning home. Upon his return he helped start the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market, spent time on their board, has been on the committee of the Mid-South Farm to Table Conference, and has hosted two Outstanding in the Field dinners.
Brandon's most recent labor of love is Small Farms for Big Change, an initiative that empowers independent farmers through a series of educational lectures bringing together otherwise isolated members of the regional farming community. He also serves on the board for WWOOFUSA working to pair volunteers with organic farms and farmers.
Brandon loves farming the land he grew up on and the connection he has with the local community. He loves creating a sustainable farming movement in his own back yard and he relishes a hard day's work out in the fields. He’s been blessed to be able to go out into the world and gain knowledge from amazing farmers and bring it all back home. He feels that farming is a sacred calling, and most of all, he really has a blast being silly at the farmers market.