South Mississippi organic farm growing herbs and vegetables

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HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - When it comes to fruits, vegetables and herbs, the word organic is very important to more and more people. It means plants and produce that are grown in the purest form.

Pat and Jeff Scrimsher own and operate P J Farm near the Desoto National Forest in Harrison County. What makes their farm unique is the fact that all of the vegetables and herbs are 100 percent organic.

“We don’t use pesticides, chemicals or herbicides," said Pat. “Those are not allowed on our farm.”

Pat is a horticulturist and a certified herbalist. P J Farm is directing more and more of it’s attention and resources into growing herbs. Virtually every part of most of these herbs serves some kind of function.

“You can use the root stock, the leaves and the flowers," said Pat. “You can use them for many different purposes. They can be used for teas, tinctures and can even put them in soup.”

Pat and Jeff believe in bringing their vegetables and herbs directly to the people. They are regulars at the Ocean Springs farmer’s market, the Church Avenue market in Long Beach, and Jeff runs the Florence Gardens farmer’s market on the first Sunday of every month in Gulfport.

Organic produce and the use of herbs is becoming increasingly popular. Conventional grocery stores are offering more organic choices and small farms like this one are catering to people searching for healthful benefits.

P J Farm boasts ten acres, three of which are being used now. The Scrimshers opened in 2010 and have expanded every year with more greenhouses and more gardens being planned for the future. That’s because these South Mississippi organic farmers are passionate about what they do.

“It’s wonderful working with nature. I love being out here all day long, listening to the birds, knowing that we’re helping people really makes us feel good,” said Pat.

P J Farm’s mission statement is simple. They say it’s designed to nurture plants that Mother Nature grows and that they strive to cultivate healthful produce through the use of environmentally responsible techniques and practices. For more information about the farm and its products, click HERE.

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