I’m super excited to get started and it is all about making decisions. What to grow seems like it would be the big decision, but there is so much more.
In the last comment section, Brad suggested a no-till method. Those would be among the decisions to be made. In the past I have used cardboard and other methods to change sod to garden space and I’ve had reasonably good luck with that. This time, I look out at the size of the field and there is no way that I could come up with the materials to get started with a no-till method.
In the long run our goal is to create beds that do not need to be tilled and allow the soil structure to form and microbiological processes to thrive. This year, we’re going to till and be vigilant at getting rid of weeds. I am also going to start some experimental areas patterned after The One Straw Revolution which was fundamentally a no-till method that really focused on using the earth and its natural patterns to grow an enormous amount of food.
Another big decision is where to get the seeds from. We want to be sustainable and make the choices that are best for the earth, but we don’t have unlimited funds and it is sometimes hard to tell which choice is really the best for the earth. For example, we have found several local seed providers that are doing things right and one that even has the name of the farm where the seeds were grown. The seeds are quite expensive. There is a company that appears to be making good environmental decisions, and they produce reasonably priced seeds, but they are located in Maine.
Is it worth the shipping for the lower cost? Or should I buy less and support the local guy. I certainly hope that others in the area see the value of local.
We are also back on the fence about a farm name. Ripple Farm is OK, but we’re not convinced. Deep Roots farm, Simply Seven Family Farm, Rocky Rows Homestead, and many others are being considered, but it’s hard to decide.