Natalie McGill and Stewart Lundy founded Perennial Roots Farm in 2010 as both a business and a home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We began as a homestead, concerned foremost with reducing waste and providing enough food for our own needs. Over the next few years a garden grew up into a farm. We share a passion for animals, ecology, alternative farming methods and homesteading. Most days on the farm Natalie can be found working in the vegetable garden, checking in on the animals, or tending trees. Stewart’s enthusiasm centers around managing the pasture and soil fertility, composting and forever researching new farm methods. Natalie likes to think about this year’s yields. Stewart likes to think about next year’s yields. Together, they make a pretty good team.
Our goals and practices are a synthesis of biodynamic rhythms and principles of permanent agriculture. We are committed not only to nominal “sustainable” practices, but to regenerative practices that increase fertility with every season. We use intensive multi-species rotational grazing which keeps our animals healthier and nurtures our soil. We use cover crops to enliven the soil, build carbon, and provide habitat for beneficial insects. We compost as much as we can. Even the weeds are all an integral part of this process of healing the Earth. We grow exclusively non-GMO open pollinated heirloom plants and raise heritage breed pigs, sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and turkeys. Most of our vegetables and animals that we raise are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Taste for their unique history and superior flavor. Most of the animals we raise are part of an effort to preserve the genetic heritage of heritage breeds listed as “at risk” or “critical” by the Livestock Conservancy. We are an agri-artisan on the Virginia Eastern Shore Artisan Trail, a certified Bee Friendly Farm and a mentor farm in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program.