Farming Practices

 

KEY PRINCIPLES OF BUCKHILL FARM CSA FARMING PRACTICES

 The foundation for healthy plants and animals is healthy soil. At Buckhill Farm CSA we strive to grow strong, healthy crops by stimulating soil biology, growing cover crops to build soil structure, and using innovative methods of pest control. 

 HEALTHY SOILS

Organic farmers build healthy soils by nourishing the living component of the soil, the microbial inhabitants that release, transform, and transfer nutrients. Soil organic matter contributes to good soil structure and water-holding capacity. We feed soil biota and build soil organic matter with cover crops, compost, and biologically based soil amendments. These produce healthy plants that are better able to resist disease and insect predation.

CONTROLLING PESTS

Organic farmers' primary strategy in controlling pests and diseases is prevention through good plant nutrition and management. We use cover crops and sophisticated crop rotations to change the field ecology, effectively disrupting habitat for weeds, insects, and disease organisms. Weeds are controlled through crop rotation, mechanical tillage, and hand-weeding, as well as through cover crops, mulches, flame weeding, and other management methods. Organic farmers rely on a diverse population of soil organisms, beneficial insects, and birds to keep pests in check. When pest populations get out of balance, growers implement a variety of strategies such as the use of insect predators, mating disruption, traps and barriers. Under the National Organic Certification Guidelines, growers are required to use sanitation and cultural practices first before they can resort to applying a material to control a weed, pest or disease problem. Use of these materials in organic production is regulated, strictly monitored, and documented. As a last resort, certain botanical or other non-synthetic pesticides may be applied.

Source: The Organic Farming Research Foundation. www.ofrf.org

 

2017 CSA Shares


Buckhill Farm will not be offer shares for the 2017 season.
 

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