Fieldstone Garden was started in 2014 and is owned by Martha Pengelly. After spending most of my adult life working on farms from New York to Ireland to North Carolina, I finally decided it was time to start cultivating my own little farm. Fieldstone is a one acre, one woman-powered market garden in Hurdle Mills. I grow a wide variety of veggies, herbs, flowers, and plant starts year round. I do my best to farm sustainably and follow organic farming methods. I use lots of compost, cover crops, and processed chicken manure for my fertilizers and to keep the soil alive and happy which makes the best tasting veggies. I don’t use any synthetic pesticides and very few organic pesticides. I also try to keep my fossil fuel usage to a minimum with very little tractor use, not using plastic mulches, and by selling my veggies to families in my community.
One acre may seem like a small amount of land for a farm but you would be amazed at how much you can grow when the land is used efficiently and with the health of the soil a high priority. I grow over 80 varieties of vegetable, herbs, and fruits. I also grow many varieties of flowers for bouquets and to keep the butterflies, bees, and other busy pollinators happy. From this market garden, I’m able to sell almost year round at the Eno River Farmers’ Market and to provide veggies to families in my weekly CSA from May till December.