Humanity and agriculture often clash with the elements of ecology, and it is often at ecology’s expense. At Two Brooks Farm, we work for compromise that allows for coexistence of the two. We study nature's dimensions to draw the blueprints for our rice, and the final design balances nature with need by maximizing wildlife habitat and food production in an ecological system that benefits each. Our production has evolved as we have learned to farm with nature's rhythms. Unique to Southern rice acreage, most of our fields are long term aquatic environments that are ecologically farmed with a continuous rice production system that provides many ecological services to physical and biotic components on our place. Years in the making, these wetland habitats and the biota they have spawned have fueled a biological bonanza that in many ways mimics the benefits of yesteryear’s southern floodplains ecosystems.
Before we utilized our nature friendly rice production system, most fields were devoid of much microbial and animal activity and our farm made limited environmental and ecological contributions. Today our place is home to or an important stopover point for numerous bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species. Through enlightened treatment of our soils and natural areas and reductions in our carbon footprint, our farm has evolved into a living, breathing bio-system with elevated carbon sequestration and soil renewal capabilities. After partially reintegrating our farm back into nature from which it was extracted, it has become part of a thriving, biotically dynamic ecosystem that fulfills obligations to man and nature, while improving our terrestrial and aquatic resources by building an organic system that transcends the store shelf use of the word without the linked ecological externalities.
It starts with the Two Brooks terroir-- rich...
Our highly organic blue gumbo clay soils are extremely fickle, exceedingly rich, and are nurtured by nature. Delta folk have plenty of sayings about the character of these sticky, tough soils such as "if it gets on you, it won't turn loose", or "it will stop any kind of leak", or "you stick with it and it will stick with you"--you get the point. These finely textured predominately clay are nutrient rich nutrient magnets that willfully lend their richness to the flavor of our rice. Their physical properties and structure resist degradation, leaching, wind erosion, and depletion of the nutrients needed by rice. Our naturally rich soils have never required added phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, or a host of micronutrients whose over- application can wash downstream, and university tests affirm inherently high nutrient levels. Wildlife and our unique cultivation practices further enhance the ability our healthy soils to supply their healthy natural nutrients, minerality, and taste that are essential in our products.
To reap full yields, the only amendment needed is nitrogen. Those needs are partly met with voluminous deposits left by overwintering waterfowl. This organic fertilizer source is free from transport and application expense and other associated out of pocket and environmental expenses that most organic farms incur. Remaining nitrogen needs are met with specified nitrogen sources, calibrated to the needs of each field. While it may seem environmentally advantageous to apply additional organic fertilizers to meet the rice crop’s nitrogen needs, it would require 15 truckloads of organic fertilizer to equal one truckload of our source. Additionally, those organic sources contain other nutrients unneeded by our soils that can travel downriver if unused. All things considered, these costs to us and our environment make poor sense.
Our seed take root in the same precious water in which our children are baptized. We use that water on our farm to produce humanity's sustenance and to provide habitat for the plentiful fauna and flora that makes home or takes refuge on the place. We capably produce the most food and wildlife habitat with the least amount of water possible. Caring for the quality and conservation of aqua sources that are our planet's lifeblood is of foremost importance to us, and our smallest of industy's water footprint allows us to take long strides toward building a healthier environment while growing food with the least amout of water possible.
Gravity works slowly here, a fact best understood after considering our Mississippi Delta farm's elevation is 135 feet above sea level but is located 325 miles north of the point at which her waters eventually meet the Gulf of Mexico. We use the resulting slow drainage to our advantage. Our farm, situated between Quiver River and Parks Bayou, is hydraulically its own micro-watershed. This enables us to store these slow moving waters in the 2 large lakes, 3 miles of bayous, and miles of canals on the place. We withdraw this water for irrigation as needed, as well as manage and preserve it for the wildlife habitat that it is.
When you enjoy a serving of our single estate rice grown on Two Brooks Farm, please know that each kernel was planted, cultivated, ripened, threshed and winnowed, milled, and packaged on our farm before it was delivered to you. It is truly small batch milled nature to table food; pure, wholesome, healthy, and thoughtfully produced.
We select seed in accordance with their performance in nature, for your health, on your plate, and on your palate. These seed are non-GMOs and their genesis is from Mendelian-like field studies, not laboratory synthesis. These are time tested hardy growing older varieties that thrive in our Mississippi conditions and possess health traits, cooking qualities, genetic purity, and are splendid tasting. These seeds take root in our rich soil and are finely tempered in unrepentant Mississippi humidity, conditions from which our rice takes its character that are perfect for producing perfect table rice seed after seed, field after field. That "something extra" you taste in our rice comes from stem ripening, our terroir of rich soil and dynamic climate, and through our unique cultivation of our rice. For those concerned with health, much of the rice we produce possesses higher amylose content than most other long grain rice varieties, and all medium and short grains. Research indicates consumption of such with their associated lower glycemic indexes result in elevated glycemic control through lower glucose loads. This benefits all, and especially diabetics.