We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect - Aldo Leopold
We are USDA Certified Organic. Our Certifying Agency Is Oregon Tilth. This certification means:
- No synthetic herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
- Crop rotations as a soil preservation + pest management technique
- Use of OMRI-listed amendments + supplies.
- Buffer zones to prevent the unintended application of unapproved substances from neighboring farms
- No GMO's. ever.
- Utilizing Cover Crops to return nutrients to the soil; provide habitat & food to beneficial birds + insects; break the cycle of weeds + pests, and to support pollinators.
- Record-keeping + documentation of any amendments to the soil , our seed stock, animal feed, biopesticides, animal supplements, compost feedstock, cleaning supplies, cleaning methods + procedures, egg laying, crop failures, crop harvests, dates in field, etc. This extensive work ensures that all of our farm inputs and methods are in line with our certification standards and with OMRI-listed or approved materials.
- No treated wood is in contact with our soil and our wood is sealed with linseed oil.
- Our birds are pastured raised. antibiotic-free, hormone-free, soy-free. More Info
sustainable + regenerative farming practices
In addition to all of our Certification standards we also utilize other sustainable and regenerative farming practices. What this means for us:
- Providing or creating habitats for wildlife
- Feeding blemished or imperfect produce to our livestock, diversifying their diet + providing enrichment while also returning nutrients to the soil.
- After harvesting a field, using our livestock to clear crop residue, any insect pests or flies, and to fertilize and prepare the soil for the next planting.
- Planting pollinator gardens to provide habitat and food to bees and other beneficial insects.
- After creating our permanent beds, we practice minimal tillage. Our only deep cultivation tool is a broadfork, which aerates the soil without inverting the soil, protecting the delicate microbiome in our soil. We also use a power harrow, which mixes amendments in the soil without destroying its structure. We only use our rotary tiller when shallowly mixing in amendments or cover crop seed into the soil, ensuring full contact with the soil microbes.
- We only use natural, slow-acting soil amendments - such as alfalfa meal, compost, greensand, and bonemeal. We only use one fast-acting amendment, blood meal, in our soil block mix when starting seedlings.
- We do not use any perlite or vermiculite in our soil block mix, as these are industrially-mined volcanic rock that are heated to extreme temperatures, taking a huge toll on the environment. Instead we use rice hulls, a renewable by-product of the rice industry that is parboiled to kill any pathogens, and breaks down naturally in soil, adding aeration + structure.