Through various methods, we continually strive to increase the health of our soil. We spread organic compost to increase the available nutrients to our crops. In the future, we will make our own compost, using manure and bedding from the animals who live here. Cover cropping is one of our favorite techniques used to increase organic matter, retain water and nutrients, prevent soil erosion, increase soil nitrogen, lessen weed pressure, confuse pests and disease, and to give the soil a rest between annual vegetable crops. Carefully managed rotational grazing of our grass-loving beasts (cows, goats and sheep) gives these acres a healthy dose of the best fertilizer around.
In order to grow healthy food, we must grow healthy, strong plants. This is key to our mission, and follows our 1st objective of building soil health. With nutrient dense soil, low weed pressure, watering, and careful monitoring of pests and disease, we are able to grow food organically with very minimal inputs. Plants that are not forced to scavenge for nutrients and compete with weeds grow better and are more robust. They are more capable of fighting off disease and pest damage with their own immune systems. (That means that we, the farmers, don't have to work quite as hard to manage pests!)
Both plants and animals are essential to our farm operations. Our third objective of maintaining species diversity is key to our mission. We are in awe at the wonderful abundance that animals provide, in the form of manure, eggs, meat, and milk. These tangibles hardly compare to the intangible benefits: companionship, laughter, and a real sense of purpose that we feel as farmers. We believe that animals and plants are only able to reach their full potential when managed together, contributing to the whole farm ecosystem.