Although we are not certified organic, we follow all organic principles and do so seriously. This means we do not use any artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or chemicals of any kind. We do not plant Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Instead, we use a variety of systems and techniques to promote the growth of our vegetables and to create a healthy, sustainable farm ecosystem. Here are some of them:
- We protect against insects by using floating row cover, which covers the plants gently and allows sun and rain to come through.
- We practice companion planting, which means planting two or more plants together that will benefit one another. Certain plants will help others to grow, discourage pests, help fight weeds, or encourage pollinators.
- We allow the growth of native plants around our field to encourage natural wildlife and pollinators.
- We fertilize our vegetables by creating compost with our own food waste and chicken manure, as well as local organic compost. We also use cover crops, or "green manure" - crops which are grown on an empty plot following a harvest, and then turned into the soil after they have grown. This way, we replenish the nutrients we removed from the soil in the previous harvest.
- We plant many different kinds of vegetables. We use seeds that are not genetically modified and that are not treated with chemicals. We buy organic seeds as much as possible, including heirloom varieties that have been tried and tested through generations, and are usually not grown (and in some cases, not even allowed) in industrial farming operations. All this promotes the diversity that is integral to environmental and food sustainability.
- We rotate our crops yearly, ensuring that no crop is planted in the same year twice. This way, plants that take nutrients from the soil are followed by plants that put more nutrients into the soil. As a result, the soil is always being replenished. This also averts the insects and diseases that remain in the soil after a harvest
- We provide to our community by attending local farmers markets, operating a farmgate stand, and running a CSA (community supported agriculture). We strive to work with our community to educate others about local and organic food, to encourage people to become active and informed consumers of food, and to make local and organic food more accessible to all.