Roots are able to penetrate our soil deeply because it never forms a bed pan beneath the top layers. The microbial life is able to flourish in an undisturbed environment leading to healthier crops and more soil aggregates (the good stuff!). Our job is to be caretakers of the soil.
By Our Hands
We use hand tools to cultivate, weed, seed and aerate the soil. These quiet tools are easy to fix, easy to use, and gentler on the land. Best of all we never run out of gas.
We cover the ground so we don’t loose it to the wind and rain. Cover crops keep the soil in place and can build it up over time. We create our own compost from vegetable trimmings, chicken bedding, fall leaves, and cover crop harvests.
We grow 46 different vegetable crops of many different varieties. We inoculate our soil with billions of varieties of microbial life from the nearby forest floor using an ancient Korean farming method.
We strive to recognize most of the insects, birds, and weeds in and near the gardens. We intentionally grow crops that feed beneficial insects as well as predatory insects. We have bluebird houses to encourage natural insect predation. We use physical barriers for weed suppression and insect protection whenever we can.
New this year: we are making our own fertilizers and insecticides from plants found on the farm through the simple but powerful process of fermentation. These liquids are much safer for people and will hopefully reduce our reliance on global chemical companies. And this will be our first year growing a small seed saving plot for a few select vegetables.