At Groundworks Farm we farm with the health of the land and the health of our animals in mind. Some call it Regenerative Agriculture.
Our produce farm is USDA Certified Organic.
We annually test our vegetable field nutrient levels and use only certified organic compost and other certified organic soil amendments to meet our needs. We use cover-cropping to protect our waterways from nutrient leaching during the winter and to build up soil organic matter. Cover cropping improves our environment and soil health. We “rest” some of our fields every year, growing a cover crop instead of vegetables to avoid pests and build up soil organic matter.
We start all our transplanted plants in compost-based germinating mix.
We don’t spray herbicides and use only certified organic sprays to contain pests and fungus when necessary. To control weeds we use cultivation tools and straw and wood chip mulches. To control pests and diseases we rotate our crops and use floating row covers.
We believe that plant health starts with soil health.
Our partner farms all share the same values. Like us, most of our partners are local certified organic farms. We also work with some very small local farms who follow our growing practices but have chosen not to seek certification. And, some of our partners practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Our animals are free to move around on pasture and live like animals should.
Our egg layers move around to different areas of pasture and range freely from our Eggmobile trailer.
Our Pasture-raised chickens move around in open-floored “chicken tractors.” These are open on the bottom so they can scratch around and eat vegetation and bugs. There is a sheltered section as well as an open air section to each chicken tractor.
Our pigs are moved regularly to fresh pasture or woods where they dig, root, munch and fertilize.
We believe that the best way to produce healthy animals is by raising them outside on pasture. Our partner farms all share our same husbandry standards.
If you have questions about our farming practices, please feel free to contact us or stop by and see for yourself. We believe in transparency and want you to see how we do things. This is honest food.