About Us

Entrance to Natura Farms from Manning Trail

About Natura Farms

NATURA FARMS is a small farm of 57 acres located on White Rock Lake in Scandia, Minnesota, and only minutes from the Twin Cities. Our “Natura” name is Latin for “Nature,” indicative of our commitment to working with Nature. We aim to keep the environment clean and healthy, to build soil life naturally, and to grow exceptionally tasty and nutritious produce without the use of destructive pesticides, all part of our commitment to ecological integrity and growing superior fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Some have called our serene lakeside setting “a piece of heaven.” The pleasant rural environment also makes Natura Farms an ideal place for family outings and picnics, a therapeutic place for all to de-stress. Our 10 acres of recreational land adjoins White Rock Lake in a park-like setting, complete with majestic oaks and towering maples. Picnic tables are available for your enjoyment.

We have invested 30 years building our soil so it will consistently produce healthy plants. Healthy plants taste better and are able to essentially protect themselves from pathogenic bacteria, fungi and insects. This largely eliminates the need for pesticides, organic or otherwise.

We accomplished in 30 years what many soil textbooks consider impossible to accomplish in centuries:

• We have tripled organic matter in our soils from 1% to 3%.

• We have more than tripled the depth of our topsoil from 5” to 17”.

• This gives our plants, within the same footprint, access to 9 times more nutrients than they would have had 30 years ago,    not even considering the improved nutritional profile.

We use a wide variety of proven methods to “grow” our soil. We enrich our soils with green manure crops, rock dust, sea solids, compost, wood chips, leaves, ground covers, microbial inoculations, and amendments to correct imbalances, thus largely eliminating the need for toxic substances that may harm soil, animal, or human life. (Organic pesticides can also be toxic!)

When you visit Natura Farms, there are a few safety matters of which you should be aware. Read about them here.