DECEMBER 9, 2017
growing soil, really?
It’s often said at the USDA that organic material in soil consists of “the living, the recently dead and the very dead.” This is a helpful way to understand the processes that shape soil and make it fertile. The living portion of soil is made up of ... read more!
My First Farm
A fenced, one-acre plot and two small greenhouses in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Much of the acre is shaded and one-third receives full sun. In 2018, the farm team built 20 beds including two trellised beds. My regenerative farm plan for season one was to grow sun-loving vegetable crops in the sunny area. In season two and three, 2019 and 2020, we've started growing shade loving herbs and next year, we'll start mushrooms under trees.
This is no till farming
farming // november 15, 2017
IS THAT EVEN A THING?
No till farming is a method that eliminates conventional plowing and the use of machines and tools that turn over the soil and expose it to the sun and windwhich compacts and erodes farmland. Plants need sun, air and water to thrive, and if the earthworms...
Mycelium and mycorrhizae
farming // octobER 23, 2017
Here’s the game! Engaging in a symbiotic relationship with fungi is clearly a winning strategy for plants, and the connections reach more widely than you might suppose.