while others compromise, we plant only by giving back each year to enrich the soil with composted horse manure, peat moss (very sparingly & only spot on) and all natural enrichment. This year should be our best ever to celebrate 25 years of growing organically - nope - plastic not included. We simply mulch around our plantings which is a further input to enrich the soil as it quickly composts - hay, grass clippings, etc.
Here is a list of 2013 plantings as we go
- monmouth sugar snap peas - trellis made by thehaystore - one side only - 18 ft
2 rows approx 45 sds per row - rareseeds
- planted last October - var rocambole type - uncovered mulch
fava beans - seeds of italy
herbs - dill, parsley,
edible flowers - nasturtium
lettuce - escarole
April hours and inputs
hours per day
jobs per hour
escavated composted manure from field
cut through grass and weed border of field
transplanted oregano near mint
transplanted tiger lilies to clay pots
transplanted tiger lilies to field driveway
racked ditch in front of field and seeded with cottontails in ditch
Today - the NYTIMES story about " carnitine - found mostly in red meat and energy drinks and supplements used in body building is responsible for an increase in TMAO levels in the blood - made from a little-studied chemical that is burped out by bacteria in the stomach after people eat red meat. It is quickly converted by the liver into yet another little-studied chemical called TMAO that gets into the blood and increases the risk of heart disease..."
According to the USDA all meats obtained from livestock are red meats because they contain more myoglobin than chicken or fish. You'll need a track like this - run daily - in quick bursts of muscular output - to try and repair cardiovascular damage caused by meat.
We grow sustainably, preserve open spaces & ecosystems, care for animals, support the arts, facilitate local products & economies. A large part of our work is philanthropic, our Horse, Hound, & Farm Rescue's mission is adopting hound dogs, wild horses, and supporting other family farms. We work in concert with wildlife preservation, artistic creations, and horticultural traditions. We were awarded a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant in 2005.