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Farming Practices
Sustainable, organic, environmentally-conscious farming, serving CSA members and the community at large.
buckwheat cover crop, improving soil health and a home for pollinators
Ten years in and we're still learning, still perfecting, still experimenting, still trying to improve, but, as of now:
Our farming philosophy is based around a sincere commitment to improve the land on which we live while growing high quality certified organic produce for our community. Integral to our operation is the reliance on crop rotation, cover cropping, mineral amendments, fallowing, compost applications, responsible water use, and reduced tillage practices to encourage soil health, crop health, and human health while protecting critical resources.
fall brassica field with cauliflower and broccoli
We grow 190 varieties of 75 crops and maintain a harvest season of 42 weeks annually over 3 separate CSA seasons (Main, Late Fall, Winter). We rent 25 acres from Wrightstown Township and use around 12 acres each season to grow annual produce.
sunflower overstory blooming after an established buckwheat understory
Using classic as well as progressive farming techniques and subsequent improved soil health and crop yields we've been able to reduce total acreage for our annual crops. Some of the resulting earth has become home to perennial crops like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, asparagus, and fruit trees. Still more is used to properly rest acreage where annual crops are grown, increasing fertility and biological activity in the soil.
scallions and watermelon and incoming summer storm
We use preventative measures to combat pest pressure to discourage them from establishing unbalanced populations. We use fabric row cover barriers to keep pests away from plants at critical life stages and also when the pest cycle is most damaging. Because our 25-acre footprint is crisscrossed by streams, riparian and meadow habitat, and mature woods, there is ample terrain for birds and insects that prey on crop pests. We're also fortunate to be able to rotate crops far from their prior locations. Diversity is helpful and we maintain and promote it wherever possible.
swallowtail butterfly on gray-headed coneflower
In 2012 we received a grant from the USDA to establish and maintain approximately 3 acres of permanent pollinator habitat to encourage healthy populations of beneficial insects, birds, and flowering native plants. The sun powers much of our operation through solar panels.
winter rye and hairy vetch cover crop on fallowed field
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