We combine a variety of growing methods at our farm to focus on soil and plant health. Our fields were tilled only once, and never again. After the initial tillage, we build raised beds by hand, which are permanent and will not be tilled again.
We then add compost and cover the soil with mulch cut from our neighboring hay fields, and plant into it, keeping the soil covered indefinitely. The mulch breaks down and creates new soil on top of the beds, raising them even more, year by year; prevents erosion, which on our sloped fields would otherwise pose a significant problem; provides habitat for insect communities; fosters a healthy soil microbiology; and reduces the need for irrigation, fertilization, and fossil fuel use, among other things.
We are learning more every day, and are happy to share what we learn with anyone who is interested. Feel free to contact us to learn more about our growing methods.