About The Farm
In the heart of big agriculture, the thought of a farm on a small, residential lot two blocks from City Hall may seem comical. I want to show that a farm can be small and sustainable. In order to be sustainable, the farm must take both an ecological and economical view. If the farm ignores the environment, or is not financially feasible, then it will fail.
Ecologically, the farm employs no-till, chemical free, organic practices in order to grow the highest quality produce. The farm was designed with the soil in mind, as it is the food-source for the crop. Woodchips were added to the walkways to retain moisture, keep weed pressure down and to add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. Cover crops are also used to increase organic matter in the soil, and to protect the soil if it should lay fallow. Around the edges, native plants and other attractors are planted to increase the beneficial insect and pollinator populations.
Economically, the farm must generate income for the farmer. This responsibility falls on the farmer to produce in-demand, high value crops. With just over 3,000 square feet (0.07 acres) under cultivation, it is important that all farm processes are in sync and efficient to provide the best produce to our customers at a fair price.