We practice No-Till on the majority of our 1-acre plot and use permanent beds to minimize soil disturbance. This allows the biology below our feet to stay active and alive! Instead of tilling our fields with a standard rototiller, we manually broadfork our beds and use a power harrow for the bed tops. This maintains soil structure, reduces weed pressure and keeps our soil fertile. Vegetables need complex and fertile soil to reach their flavor and nutritional potential and No-Till is a great way to achieve that soil quality.
We primarily rely on a variety of hand tools for soil preparation, cultivation, and harvest. We do also use a small walking tractor to mow down beds and cultivate the first few inches of soil. By relying on hand tools instead of large machinery, we are able to plant at higher densities and increase our production per square foot.
Not to be confused with biodynamic, the term "biointensive", generally refers to a gardening method in which growers maximize crop yields from an area of land, while seeking to improve and preserve soil quality. With the use of our No-Till gardening methods and plenty of compost, we can become up to 1000% more productive than a conventional vegetable farm per acre. That means our acre of land grows as much as a 10 acre conventional vegetable operation.
Powered By Compost
We use a locally produced organic compost made of vegetable matter, hay, culled fruit, animal manure, and leaf matter to maintain our soil organic matter and fertility. Because we are on such a small scale, we can apply heavy amounts of compost to bust up our clay soil, add tilth, and as a living mulch.