Feed the Soil
Healthy vegetables make healthy people and in order to grow healthy, nutritious vegetables we start with the soil. Each season we work towards balancing our soil's nutrients and increasing it's organic matter.
A key to our low weed pressure and high fertility is our use of cover crops. Improving soil structure, diversifying soil biology, holding nutrients, generating organic matter, fixing nitrogen, and attracting beneficial insects and birds are of few of the reason we rely heavily on cover crops.
We create our own excellent compost from our horse and cow manures. Mixed with bedded straw or sawdust our compost is turned and aerated by our pigs and then spread on our cover crops a full year before any vegetables are grown. Compost enlivens the soil and adds humus and nutrients.
Fighting Pests and Diseases
Healthy vegetables not only enhance our defenses against illness, but they also are better prepared to protect themselves against pests and disease. So, healthy plants is the first step towards fighting insect and disease pressure. Other secondary measures against disease and pests are crop rotations, row covers, timed plantings, beneficial insects, and organic pesticides and fungicides.
Cover cropping not only builds soil structure and improves fertility, but it also helps in the battle against weeds. We never use chemical herbicides, but instead rely on mowing, mechanical cultivation, hoeing, and hand-weeding to reduce weed pressure.
Veggies We Grow
We grow a multitude of different vegetable varieties, from arugula to zuchinni, if its in season we probably grow it.
The Growing Season
Our growing season starts in February, with lots of work in our greenhouses. We usually start harvesting greens in late May and are in full swing by mid-June. The most bountiful time of year for us is September through November. Once our CSA and farmers markets end we continue to grow fresh greeens and vegetables into the winter. Depending on the weather we have been able to offer vegetables for sale through February.
If you have questions about our growing practices please feel free to ask. We are always glad to explain in more detail what we do and why we do it. The best way to get an understanding of our farming is to come out and have look for yourself.