About The Farm
Tubby Creek Farm is located on 70 acres in Ashland, Benton County, Mississippi. In addition to several acres of level cropland ideal for growing fruits and vegetables, we steward two small ponds, a seasonal creek , and several acres of forest and rolling hills. The varied landscape not only makes for a beautiful and idyllic view, but also provide habitat for a wildly diverse array of native plants and animals. We are located just over an hour’s drive from downtown Memphis, TN or Oxford, MS.
The farm gets its name from Tubby Creek , which flows through the swampy Tubby Bottoms just around the bend from the farm. Tubby Creek was named for Chief Toby Tubby of the Chickasaws. Up until his death in ca 1835, he ran a ferry across the Tallahatchie River. This was an important river crossing along the Memphis – Oxford stage coach route, (Native American place names in Mississippi By Keith A. Baca).
The farmland was acquired in spring of 2011, until which time it had been used to grow commodity crops using conventional techniques. We are actively working to build soil organic matter and healthy biological communities in the soil by using cover crops, green manures, and organic soil amendments.