Radical Practices and Outsider Agriculture
Our farming practices may be radical but they have resulted in our farm being one of the highest production farms per square foot in the country.
What can be more radical than removing the symbol of vegetable farming; the tractor? We practice farming by hand; replacing the tractor with hand tools. All planting, cultivation, and harvesting is done manually, though we use modern tools and techniques that keep us efficient and competitive. We find that farming this way is easier, more productive, and can produce vegetables of a higher quality.
Deep and Intensive
We practice intensive planting and growing techniques. Our beds are replanted constantly throughout the season from early April through late fall. Our hoop houses produce vegetables year round. We do this by maintaining extremely fertile soil. As a result we do not need to leave fields fallow. We believe that farming this way creates healthy vegetables resistant to diseases and pests.
I believe that tilling destroys the natural soil structure and burns up organic matter. We practice minimum tillage and use permanent beds that reduce soil disturbance. Instead of tilling our fields we manually broadfork our permanent beds. This maintains soil structure, reduces our weed pressure and helps keep our soil fertile. It an integral part of growing intensively without tractors.
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