We are dedicated to living more sustainably. This reflects in all aspects of our farm operation. We believe in producing food using methods that create a positive environmental impact. This yields more nutritious food, increases the biodiversity of our land, and supports healthy soil and water. See below for some of the ways that we are putting agroecological principles into practice.
Cover crops are increasingly being used in agriculture because they provide a host of benefits. We cover crop our corn with legumes, which help naturally increase nitrogen in the soil. They also suppress weeds, retain water, prevent erosion, sequester carbon, and provide habitat for beneficial insects.
When we harvest our last crop from an area in the farm, we seed other cover crops like winter wheat, rye, and tillage radish. These provide the same benefits of protecting the soil and increasing fertility.
Pollinators are essential when it comes to growing food. At least one third of familiar fruits and vegetables need an insect to help pollinate them. In addition, a biologically diverse community is a resilient community, able to withstand and adapt to stressful and unexpected events.
We plant native perennial plants near all of our crops. These plants provide nectar, pollen, and habitat for all kinds of bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, spiders, and other beneficial insects. When we have to mow or till, we survey the site first to protect or relocate beneficial plants and insects. Our goal is to minimize harm and incorporate our agriculture into the existing ecological community for the benefit of all.