“This is what we’re about: We plant the seeds that will one day grow.” - Oscar Romero
Ruth Teter was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Noblesville. As a girl, Ruth enjoyed living on this 120-acre farm along the White River. Her father, Arza, and mother, Ada, were well known and respected in the Noblesville Community. Ruth’s older brother, Earl, earned a wide reputation as a stunt driver with a group called “Lucky” Teter’s Hell Drivers. He was killed in an accident in 1942 in what was to be his last performance before he was to join the Army during World War II. Ruth was an excellent piano player and accompanied several musical groups. She worked for the Central Engineering Co. of Indianapolis for many years rising to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. Upon Ruth’s death on August 12, 1981 this farm was left to Noblesville First United Methodist Church to be transformed into a retreat as a memorial to the A.W. Teter family. In 2016, Pastor Aaron Hobbs was inspired to add an Organic Farm as a community outreach to feed mind, body, and spirit.
Who We Are - Teter Organic Farm is an outreach mission of Noblesville First United Methodist Church which grows over 40 varieties of mixed vegetables on 5 acres in Noblesville, IN. Our mission is to combat food insecurity, to build community through meaningful relationships across barriers that sometimes divide us, and to educate children and adults on the importance of environmental stewardship and care.
Why We Grow - Because we believe everyone deserves to eat healthy food. We grow certified organic produce for local food pantries, food banks, and feeding programs, as well as, for a 45 Share CSA and the Noblesville Farmer's Market.
How We Grow - We are USDA Certified Organic by OEFFA (The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association). All of our produce is locally grown using sustainable growing practices and without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We utilize cover crops, compost, and other natural soil amendments that contribute to healthy soils and healthy food.
We grow on 30" raised beds in standardized 150' rows.
Bees & Chickens - We have a 23-hive apiary filled with happy bees who help pollinate on the farm and produce some yummy honey, too. We also are home to 34 ISA Brown laying hens who provide eggs for a local feeding program.
Join Us on the Farm - We offer farm tours and farm stays, environmental education, host outdoor weddings, spiritual retreats, corporate outings, and family reunions. CLICK HERE for more information.
Check Us Out - CLICK HERE to see our interview in Edible Indy magazine.
CLICK HERE to read the article in Noblesville Magazine (pages 23-24) about Tara and her Girl Scout Gold Award Project with our Teter Chickens.
Tools & Supplies - We appreciate all of those who help us grow healthy produce for our community.
- Seeds: Johnny's Selected Seeds, High Mowing Seeds, Harris Seeds, Territorial Seed Company, and Park Seeds.
- Potting Soil: The Seed Catapult from Ohio Earth Food
- High Tunnel Greenhouses: Nifty Hoops
- Harvest Knives: Morakniv & Opinel
- Stirrup & Collinear Hoes: Glaser Engineering
- Tractor: John Deere 2350
- Bed Shaper: Nolt's Produce Supply
- Water Wheel Transplanter: Rain-Flo 1600
- Seeder: Jang JP-3
- Irrigation: Indiana Irrigation
- Solar Energizers: Premier 1
- Cold Storage: CoolBot
- Row Cover: Agribon
- Rain Gear: Grundens & The NorthFace
- Recommended Publications: Growing for Market magazine, The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman, The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier, and The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman.
- Recommended Podcast: The Farmer to Farmer Podcast