Since 2009 we’ve been nurturing and growing healthy, maturing plants that are now 7, 8 and 9 years old and refining the conditions in which our plants grow and produce. 2010 marked the first year we made our berries available beyond family and a few friends. We’re now enjoying making many new “Berry Good Friends” each season and creating smiles when our customers taste our berries!
Elderslie is a place where Philip and Becky Elder have raised their seven children and have enjoyed a truly wonderful life. Children grown now, two of the siblings, George and Alexis, have taken up the challenge of agricultural entrepreneurship and have been working for some five years to tend and dress their parents’ land in a productive manner. Since George’s marriage in 2011, his wife Katharine Elder has been an irreplaceable addition to the endeavor.
“No good actions can be taken without the motivation of affection.” – Wendell Berry
Agriculture at Elderslie is motivated by a love for the land and a hope to balance viable agricultural production with ecological stewardship. Before we knew that Colorado had mountains or Carolina had the sea, we knew and loved Kansas: the locust blossoms in spring, the endless fields of grain and the hedge trees standing like bitter sentinels that defy wind and age along their edges.
I care a lot about how our food tastes, so I scour the market to find the most delicious fruit and vegetable varieties to grow. Whenever I can, I grow from organic, heirloom seeds and root stock. I never use genetically modified organisms.
I am dedicated to growing fruits and vegetables in ways that don’t damage the environment in which they grow or the people who consume them. My fertilizers are always organic. I also avoid using poisons and toxins to control insects, weeds, and disease.
I learned to garden from my father and originally used his old-timey methods. Over the years, I have adapted from more current and popular methods, like permaculture and hugelkultur. On any given year, you will find a variety of growing methods employed on my farm as I experiment, evaluate, and learn.
I believe that food grown locally, seasonally, and sustainably doesn’t just taste better and isn’t just more health inducing but is more humane and socially just, too. I hope you will appreciate the vision I have for my farm and that you will join me in making it a reality by purchasing your produce here.
I sell retail to the general public and wholesale to the restaurant trade. Retail sales can be made through my farm office here on East 21st Street. My hours change with the seasons, so watch for updates on my FB page or web site (when it gets up and running). Please contact me directly for options on wholesale sales.
We invite you to experience for yourself this unique venue created at our family farm just west of Wichita, near the small community of St. Mark.
Our lovely vineyard, a working garden, and flowering bushes and trees that surround a beautiful pond and fountain create a special ambiance which can be enjoyed by our guests.
To view the Prairie Hill Vineyard property, call (316) 461-1732 (office) to arrange for a personal tour. We look forward to your visit.
We are a 5 acre farm. We usually have 4-10 hogs fattening at any time. Fruit trees are scattered around the farm and we have about 1 acre planted to tomatoes and other produce.
Our daughter Maria bakes cinnamon rolls, sweet breads, cookies, fruit rolls, and pecan pies under the name ‘Maria G’s Baked Goods.’