Plowing Down Cover Crops When the cover crop is plowed down, here
using a shallow set moldboard plow, the green vegetation and roots provide food for micro-organisms living in the soil. These
same microorganisms break down the minerals in the soil making them available for plant nutrition. After a few seasons
the soil becomes a rich brown color and holds moisture and feeds our crops through the dry summer months.
Control using Predatory Insects As an example of insect control, a container with the eggs of
microscopic wasps are being released into this sweet corn field. When the eggs hatch the wasps will move throughout
the field destroying European corn borer eggs and preventing the worms from hatching and entering the sweet corn ears. No
Insect Control Using Pheromone Traps Here in our apple trees pheromone
traps are used to capture male codling moths. In addition to reducing the number of male moths and thus the mating process,
the traps give us an idea of how severe the codilng moth and resulting worm problem will be, and what additional measures
to control this pest we will need during the season.
Rye Grain planted as a living mulch is one way to keep the soil covered between
rows of growing crops. Here the grain is cut between the rows of tomatoes. The cut straw will maintain soil moisture,
reduce weed pressure, and make harvesting the tomatoes a cleaner and easier process.
Pastured Farm Animals
Our farm animals live in the pasture in portable houses. These pigs are on a 2 acre pasture where they
have continuous access to green alfalfa and clover, fresh water, and certified organic corn and soy grain.