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Growing Practices

Our growing practices include a variety of techniques (old and new) with emphasis on methods that are least harmful to the environment and most specific to the task at hand.

 
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Crop consultant

Netted row covers (remay) – protects plants from pests 

Spray policy – minimal usage

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Natural composted fertilizer

Plastic mulch barrier - to reduce and eliminate herbicide usage in vegetable crops for weed management.

Cornell Cooperative Extension – consultation


IPM – integrated pest management

  • The choice for science and solutions to deal with pests; safe, least toxic solutions to both pest and pesticide problems are promoted
  • Promotes dealing with pests (insects, plant disease, weeds, and wildlife) with methods that help keep health and environmental risks as low as possible while saving money
  • Brings together a range of biological, organic, mechanical, and chemical options for pest problems
  • Integrates tactics to prevent pests entirely and/ or reduce them to levels you can live with 

Cover crop

Rye – a small percentage is harvested and the remaining is plowed under for use as organic matter to add nutrients back to the soil


Sustainable agriculture

…an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

- USDA


Crop rotation

  • Hay – planted, harvested, and reseeded every couple of years
  • Corn – soybean yearly rotation – legumes put nitrogen back into the soil which corn needs
  • Vegetable crop rotation –benefits pest management and not depleting the soil