Organic Cukes grown & harvested by Millstone Farm.
NO & LOW TILL PRACTICES
We practice no-till agriculture for the purpose of making our soils more resilient by improving its biological fertility. In a no-till agricultural system, we are respecting the delicate balance of soil life, by maintaining the carefully constructed layers of the subsurface ecosystem and continuing to build soil at Millstone Farm. By doing so, we reduce the potential for soil erosion, increase the population and diversity of life in the soil, and increase retention of organic matter and water in the soil.
COVER CROPPING & GREEN MANURES
We use a diverse assortment of cover crops to selectively manage different plots in our vegetable fields and garden beds depending on the goal(s) we have for each particular plot. Cover crops have a wide variety of uses and it is fun to play around with different ones to help us in many different ways. Cover crops are essential for increasing soil fertility, organic matter, water retention and biodiversity. They also aid in preventing soil erosion, weed growth, pest pressure, and soil born diseases. In addition to the regenerative benefits they have on the landscape, cover crops can also be harvested for animal and/or human consumption or added to a compost system as organic matter.