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Our practices prioritize the health of the soil, the diversity of life on the farm, and the farm's role in the community. We see the Organic standards as a set of bare-minimum requirements, and all our vegetables, herbs, flowers, and poultry are certified Organic by MOFGA. We believe there are many ways we can and must surpass these requirements, and our style of farming exceeds them in the following ways:

1. We do not till. Aside from opening our fields initially, we practice no-till farming. This means the ecosystem of our soil does not have to contend with the destructive nature of fast moving metal. Instead, we engage in biologically-intensive, human-scaled methods to manage our permanent raised beds. Benefits of this no-till system include:
      • Less dependance on expensive machinery
      • Less pollution from tractors and runoff caused by tillage
      • Reduced loss of organic matter from over-aeration of the soil
      • Reduced soil compaction and improved soil structure
      • Increased longterm biological soil activity
      • Increased water holding capacity and resistance to drought

2. We use no pesticides of any kind. There are a number of pesticides approved for Organic use, but we feel that toxic substances, no matter their origins, should not be applied to food.

3. We use no tractors in our fields. We feel there is a level of care and attention to detail that comes with keeping our feet on the ground and our hands in the soil.

4. We do not rely on soluble fertilizers. We focus on copious organic matter feeding a vibrant web of biological activity as the driving force of fertility in our soil, and of health in our plants.

5. We raise our livestock on grass. We encourage our animals to exhibit their species' natural traits, and rotate them intensively over pasture so they get as much of their diet as possible from living forage. Overwintered animals are deep-bedded in bright and airy greenhouses, with daily access to the outdoors.

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No-Till Practices