Regenerative methods that enhance the land and build resilient ecosystems.
Permaculture is described as the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. No-till farming increases organic matter retention and cycling of nutrients in the soil, while also decreasing erosion. Permanent cover crops such as clover are used in order to provide nitrogen fixation to crops, along with multiple other benefits to the soil. Organically grown straw and composted wood chips used for mulch helps the soil retain moisture and increases beneficial microbe and mycorrhizal fungi activity towards the soil's surface where these important and necessary soil activities are more concentrated. This combination of naturally increasing organic matter in the soil along with reducing erosion equals increased soil fertility and higher yields. A regenerative, sustainable, and productive way to farm the land both short and long term. These methods actively contribute towards soil carbon restoration / sequestration, which is necessary for our environment and ecosystem to thrive.
We use no synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, treated seed, chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, ever. We are committed to using growing methods that will enhance and preserve the land and environment for generations to come. Our practices are hand scale based within our main annual and perennial crop production areas, and because we do not use a tractor to till, plow, cultivate, disc, seed, or transplant this greatly reduces / eliminates our: fossil fuel use, soil compaction, erosion, and carbon loss from the soil that is associated with mostly all other annual vegetable and flower farms. As of 2019, our farm is Certified Naturally Grown and we will always be committed to using the most ecologically sound farming practices available.
The farm land has a rich history having been organically farmed for over 20 years prior to us being here, and it is forever protected from development by Genesee Land Trust.
Genesee Land Trust preserves and protects natural lands and waterways that enhance the quality of life in the Greater Rochester region – providing wildlife habitat, locally grown food, and connections to nature – for everyone. To learn how to volunteer or donate to the Genesee Land Trust visit: http://www.geneseelandtrust.org/