We recognize that healthy, living soil is the cornerstone of the entire farm ecosystem. It is the basis for all life on the farm. Healthy soil means healthy crops, which means healthy people and animals. We also recognize the potential of soil processes to sequester carbon, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and increase farm and community resiliency.
Our specific soil management practices include: Strip tilling into perennial pasture; Minimum/ no-till practices on designated beds with plans to expand to all fields; Annual planting of cover crop and minimizing amount of uncovered soil at all times; Application of compost, compost teas, and manure to maintain soil fertility; No use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides; Annual soil testing; Rotation of grazing animals
In the arid southwest, water is one of our most precious resources. Our water comes straight from the Arkansas River, whose headwaters start in the Sawatch and Mosquito mountain ranges. Waterways connect all living things, and any impact we have on our water sources affects all other users. We irrigate with a mix of drip, sprinkler, and flood furrow systems.
Our specific water management practices include: Transition from flood furrow to drip and sprinkler systems to conserve water; Cover cropping, mulching, and strip tilling to increase water holding capacity of soil; Building soil organic matter to increase drought resiliency; Choosing crops and perennials with lower water requirements
A healthy amount of biodiversity is what allows the farm to operate as an ecosystem. Promoting biodiversity helps with pest and nutrient management, helps protect vulnerable species, increases resiliency, and makes the farm a more beautiful and enjoyable place.
Our specific biodiversity-promoting practices include:A mix of annual and perennial plants; Creating year-round habitat for pollinators by planting native pollinator friendly perennials and natives; Planting hedgerows that create habitat for beneficial wildlife; Refraining from use of insecticides and herbicides; Planting a wide variety of heirloom vegetable and fruit crops