growing practices

We strive for sustainability in all aspects of our relationship with the earth, each other and the broader community. We are inspired by the challenge of finding new ways to improve our local food system.

plantshardeningoffThe majority of our land is certified organic and we use the same organic methods in all of our fields. All our produce is grown without synthetic or artificial fertilizers or pesticides. We build the fertility of our soil using cover crops, organically approved fertilizers, compost and manure. A careful rotation helps us to minimize pest and disease damage.

We grow over fifty crops with many varieties and successions of each. This way, if some plants don’t thrive due to pests or weather, we can still count on having an abundance to harvest each week. We also rely on crop rotation, beneficial insects, mechanical cultivation, row cover, and other cultural practices to control weed and insect damage to our crops. No chemically treated seeds, pesticides, or fertilizers are ever used on our farm. We try to avoid organically certified insecticides or fungicides as well, using them only on rare occasions when we deem the risks to be minimal and the benefits great. Though we pride ourselves on the quality of our crops, we are careful not to use inputs to grow perfect crops at the expense of long-term sustainability.

We try to limit our resource use whenever possible. All electricity at the farm comes from the photovoltaic panels on our barn roof. We reduce our water use by using drip irrigation in all of our fields. This not only conserves water by placing the water right where it’s needed, but also prevents many plant diseases by keeping crop foliage dry. When making decisions about when and how to cultivate we try to balance the immediate needs of weed management with our understanding of what is best for the long-term health of the soil.

We believe that building a sustainable food system is a work in progress. We will continue to evaluate and improve our farm systems and practices based on our core values of recognizing our interdependence and honoring the earth.