Amend and Amend

The Compost is Coming...

Spring means melting snow – yea! But melting snow also means soggy ground – boo!

We have nothing against mud, but because the ground is so soggy restrictions are in place on area roads – which means big semi-trucks can’t get to our farm. And right now we are waiting for multiple semi-truckloads of compost to be delivered!

Yes, you read that right. Multiple semi-trucks of compost. That’s a lot of compost.

In fact, all told it will be thousands of cubic feet of compost. It is critically important that we get it soon so we can begin amending the soil on our new property. You see, when we purchased the farm, we knew the fields had been rented out for years and continuously used it to grow hay and other crops. When we had the soil tested, we weren’t surprised to discover that it was depleted of some key nutrients.

Instead of using chemical fertilizers, we are providing an alternative that we think is better. So as soon as we can get the compost delivered, we will immediately start hauling it -- one wheelbarrow load at a time – and spreading it throughout our gardens so they are ready when the seedlings are big enough to replant in the fields.

Taking The Time – Healthier For Everyone Yes, amending the soil with compost requires more physical labor and is time-consuming. But using compost is good (actually great!) in so many ways.

§ It encourages the growth of beneficial microbes – which is great for the plants.

§ It adds important nutritional elements – which is great for those who eat plants;

§ It helps the plants fight pests & disease, while limiting weeds – strong plants defend themselves;

§ It is environmentally friendly – limiting soil erosion while protecting aquafers, streams and rivers.

We are so thankful for our CSA friends who recognize the value of using farming strategies like building soil vitality through composting rather than chemical fertilizers. We know you share our concern about the importance of healthy living and caring for the world around us. So we work hard to provide you with tasty and nutritious fruits and vegetables using environmentally friendly methods. Together, we can demonstrate how (and why) organically grown and locally sourced food is better for everyone.

Vegetables – The Real Workers

But here’s the amazing thing: the steps we take to amend the soil is only half the story. The real workers are the fruits and vegetables we plant! You see, our healthy soil is packed with the great minerals and other nutrients we all need. But our bodies – by themselves – don’t absorb these nutrients very well directly from the soil.

What farmers like us do is set the stage for vegetables to do what they do best!