By departing from traditional agricultural practices and embracing permaculture and biodiverse farming techniques, Tomato Bliss is actively proving the economic viability of regenerative agriculture. Over the course of the past seven years, these innovative growers have yielded remarkable results, breathing new life into a once-manicured event venue filled with mowed grass fields, artificial ponds, and depleted soils. Instead, Lotus Flower Farm has allowed Michigan’s natives and non-natives alike to take over their property, crafting a vibrant tapestry of diverse flora and fauna. This transformation has not only created a sanctuary of natural beauty but has paved the way for a supply chain rich with regeneratively grown heirloom tomatoes. However, Tomato Bliss doesn't stop there.
At the core of their approach lies the practice of no-till farming, a method that prevents the disruption of topsoil, allowing the soil’s vibrant ecosystem to thrive. This method ensures that the carbon dioxide (CO2) absorbed by vegetation remains sequestered within the soil—a critical factor considering that soil has the capacity to store three times as much CO2 as the entire atmosphere.
Yet, what truly sets Tomato Bliss apart, even among the ranks of regenerative farmers, is their unwavering dedication to eradicating monoculture and fostering biodiversity.
As you step onto this picturesque farm, you are immediately captivated by the stunning array of plant species gracing the landscape. Within their greenhouses, Tomato Bliss has taken the bold step of randomizing tomato species, fostering a robust and resilient ecosystem. This intricate web of biodiversity serves as a natural defense against the spread of diseases, eliminating the need for the hazardous chemicals often employed in conventional monoculture farming.