All of our vegetables are grown without the use of herbicides or plastic mulch.
Our weed management includes timely cultivation before weed seeds emerge from the soil, stale seed bed techniques before planting, and cover crop strategies to deplete the weed seed bank of the soil.
Of course weeds can get out of control from time to time, when that happens we hand weed, hoe or mow the weeds down before they can produce viable seeds.
We manage harmful insects by growing a diverse selection of vegetables and rotating vegetable families within our field. By using attractive flowers and mulch we encourage beneficial insects that prey upon harmful ones. We also handpick some pests, such as the harlequin bug, to keep populations in check.
When numbers of certain damaging insects reach a threshold we use only pesticides that are on the Organic Material Review Institute's (OMRI) list of approved materials for organic use in the USA.
Our cover crops help to build soil structure and add organic matter and nitrogen to the soil.
Composted horse manure and cow manure are also used to fertilize the soil, as well as special blends of organic fertilizers.
We are committed to growing the healthiest food for our community. To that end, we are very open about how we grow our food, if you have questions or concerns please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss our growing practices in detail.