Our farming practices can be summarized as follows:
First, do no harm. As certified organic producers, we avoid applying all forms of synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides to our land or our crops. Sizeable grass strips, countour farming and winter cover crops prevent soil erosion.
Feed the Soil. We believe health food starts with healthy soils. Our use of compost and other natural soil amendments provides for a balanced, fertile soil rich in trace elements. Our use of cover crops and natural hay mulch create a soil rich in organic matter while fostering a healthy microbial ecosystem.
Strength through Diversity. Natural ecosystems are incredibly diverse. We believe that the closer a farm comes to a natural ecosystem, the healthier it will be, and the food thus produced will be correspondingly more nutritious and delicious. We therefore plant roughly fifty vegetable varieties, small fruits and berries, tree fruit, a wheat field, two outdoor mushroom beds, earthworm bins, and in addition tend chickens, a few cattle, and some goats. We are busy establishing hedges and border plantings to provide habitat for native pollinators and my sister in law has threatened to start a honeybee colony which would be totally awesome, Stella, so why delay? We also have quite an assortment of persistent weeds, which I admit I'm not quite so thrilled about.
Fun Fun Fun. People often forget the human element in any farm system. Part of our farm plan is to create a farm system which is both productive from a food standpoint and satisfying and enjoyable for the humans involved. Optimists of the world, unite!