Short Season Gardening
Because our growing season is relatively short, we specialize in short-season and quick-maturing vegetable varieties that can be used in a wide variety of climates.
We use succession planting for two to three crops per season. This allows us to have a healthy rotation of produce available throughout the farmers market season.
Growing From Seed
We start all our own bedding plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, broccoli and cabbage from seed. This allows us to ensure the quality of the seed and manage the start time for growing based on the weather we are seeing in any given year.
Cover Crops & Composted Manure
We use green cover crops and natural composted animal manures for soil renewal and fertility. We raise chickens and sheep on the farm to produce a rich and healthy source of manure. We also compost the organic material left over from our crops, and even some weed plants, to reinvest that natural fertilizer back into the soil.
Sheep & Poultry for Fertilizer & Weed Control
We include sheep and poultry in our vegetable rotation for fertilizer and weed control. The sheep pasture surrounds three sides of the garden. Sheep manure is composted for most of our fertilizer, and poultry is used for some specialized situations where it's higher potency is most valuable.
Summer Fallow Method
We use the “summer fallow” method for much of our garden to control weeds and build up the soil. You'll see in our photos and videos that there are open, unplanted areas, and this is why.
High Tunnel for Tomatoes & Peppers
We grow peppers and tomatoes in our high tunnel for a more controlled and protected environment. We use a wire line method of trellising tomatoes which allows for higher production.