Each farm is managed differently with different end goals in mind. For Adam and I it has always been about how to do things greener but still be efficient. Every year we get closer to where we are going - it has been a lot of trail and error seeing what works and what doesn't but forward we go . Here is an overview of where we are in the process.
We grow organic, non-gmo seed with focus on flavorful and unusual varieties. Every year more and more organic seed is available.
No Chemical Pesticides, Herbicides or Fertilizers are ever used. Not only for the health of the land and its creatures but for the health of us and our customers.
We are a Bee-Friendly farm by providing our bees and wild bees with an array of pollen and nectar packed flowers as well as maintaining the absence of harmful substances. This spring Don (our bee guy) told us his hives had a 100% survival rate!
We limit the use of plastics by mulching with hay from our fields and planting in season to diminish the need for greenhouse plastic and row covers. Eventually we would like to rid of it completely!
Pest levels are managed through a mixture of companion planting, crop rotation, timing, hand removal and attracting beneficial insects. Our main nemesis are the potato beetle, cucumber beetle and flea beetle.
Weeds are managed through mulching, flaming and hand weeding. This part of management is the most time consuming aspect of our farm. Each year we are trying to shrink the amount of land we use but grow the size of the harvest till we reach efficiency.
Fertilization comes in the form of green manure, compost teas, compost and pasturing cows. We also believe in our natural dynamic accumulators - the weeds!
Don and Adam in discussion while the chickens peck through our 4 year old compost - amazing how it all turns back into soil!