We are a (non-certified) Organic and Biodynamic farm. As much as possible we are trying to meet the fertility needs of our gardens and pastures from within the farm. Our dairy cows and chickens give us manure to compost, keep the grass down, and improve the pastures.
“Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos on soil, plant and animal health.” — from Biodynamics.com
Our compost is inoculated with hippy-dippy “compost preps,” which enlivens the compost both physically with biological activity and spiritually with energetic influences from the moon, planets, and stars. The gardens are managed with a combination of tractor power and human power–cultivating with a small, old-timey tractor from the 40s, and with hand tools depending on the crop. While common and approved for organic production, we do not use plastic culture for weed management or mulch.
We anticipate our pastures being certified organic this spring and our cultivated gardens will be considered “in transition” until 2018, when they should be able to achieve full organic certification. Click here for a quick overview regarding what makes Organic standards important.