The DeMilia Research Farm on a recently purchased 14-acre family farm in Zebulon NC. The farmhouse was originally built as an experimental passive solar home by a NC State engineering professor and the main solar room is used for a hydroponics laboratory. A open sided barn that was previously used for horses currently houses our chicken coops and is being used for storing tractor implements. The DeMilia Research Farm is a fully equipped family farm with an array of tools and equipment available for crop production. A Jang Seeder, a Hoss planter, an Earthway planter, and Earthway broadcast seeders are used for single row planting. A John Deere 5055E tractor with a wide variety of implements is be used for field preparation, cultivation, and harvesting. A Hoss cultivator, trimmer attachments, and other small scale farming equipment are used for crop maintenance. Backpack research sprayers, hand sprayers, and a John Deere Gator mounted sprayer are used for synthetic pesticide and organic farming treatment applications. A grain combine, a potato mid-buster, a carrot undercutter, and other specialized crop harvesting equipment have been modified for small scale production.
Two wells will soon be dug to provide water for crops and farm buildings. It is expected that 4-10,000 gallon water tanks will provide storage for an irrigation system. Drip irrigation will be used for the orchard and vineyard. A travelling sprinkler system will be used to provide precise watering of a few rows of annual crops at a time. Fixed sprinklers will be used for the golf green, perennials field, and the shade garden. Small planting beds are watered with lawn sprinklers and by hand. An equipment barn, a storage barn, a small plant pest diagnosis lab, a greenhouse, and a produce stand will be added to the property as soon as possible. Electrical wires and waterline pipe have already been laid in the ground for these future structures.
Coming soon. Facility photographs. We appreciate any donations towards our farm infrastructure.