The evolution of no-till practices on Spring Forth Farm
publication date: Aug 1, 2020
My wife, Megan, and I grow cut flowers on half an acre of a twelve-acre property in Hurdle Mills, NC. We are in the heart of tobacco country. When we bought our property in 2013, our sales contract stipulated that the farmer had the right to harvest that year’s tobacco crop. Based on our best guesses, that marked at least the 100th consecutive year of tobacco/wheat rotations on this property. The farmer was kind enough to disc in the tobacco stubble after the harvest.
We are blessed to be farming at a time when there is a lot of available information about organic no-till farming. With inspiration from Tony and Denise and many other farmers, we developed a no-till method that works for us: basically, a compost mulch method with additional landscape fabric mulch and occultation. Through trial and error, we’ve developed methods that work on our farm for managing our beds and dealing with cover crops. We would like to share these with you, along with what we wish we’d done differently from the start.
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