We are honored to have the opportunity to steward this remarkable, diverse piece of land and our growing practices are guided by a respect for nature and natural systems. We seek to increase biodiversity, and foster an environment where beneficial insects, fungi, and microbes can thrive. We use practices that protect the diverse ecology on the farm, and minimize environmental harm both on and off the farm.
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We are not USDA certified organic, but we do follow all regulations set forth in the National Organic Program (NOP) with one exception. We have replaced the use of petroleum based plastic mulches with a biodegradable alternative made from a non-GMO corn based product. This product is allowed on organic farms in Canada and Europe and has been working through the approval process in the US. It is substantially more expensive than petro-based plastics, but it can be tilled in at the end of the season, rather than filling up landfills.
Our fertility management program utilizes regular soil testing to determine what materials need to be added each year for optimum soil health and growing conditions. We use cover crops to provide organic matter and nitrogen, as well as to smother weeds and break up compact soils. We add a variety of minerals including many important trace minerals (boron, cobalt, selenium, copper, etc) that are often overlooked on farms. Our bodies rely on these minerals being present in our food. If they have been depleted in our soils, they will likely not be available in our food. Adding these minerals in appropriate quantities also helps develop more resilient plants that have increased resistance to pests and disease. We also use a variety of other materials for fertility including dehydrated poultry manure, lime, gypsum, bone char, soft rock phosphate, and more.