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Tillage and Standard Operating Procedures

June 18th, 2019 | Posted by miker in References - (Comments Off on Tillage and Standard Operating Procedures)
Furrow Planted Crops
Todd H among crops planted using our Favorable Furrow Method, in 2014. Note Furrows ripped to the left of Crops, Furrows will be filled with Compost next.

The Photo above is included in our Standard Operating Procedures – Album, at our Flickr Page North Slope Farm. The Album includes photos of all the tillage and methods of working the soil, to grow our crops. More specific information about Favorable Furrows can be found by following this link.

Solarizing beds
We are adopting the Solariztion Method of terminating existing vegetation prior to Planting the next crop, when conditions permit.

Soil Carbon Restoration, by Jack Kittredge

June 18th, 2019 | Posted by miker in References - (Comments Off on Soil Carbon Restoration, by Jack Kittredge)

The White Paper – “Soil Carbon Restoration, Can Biology Do the Job”, by Jack Kittredge, NOFA-Mass, 2015, is an excellent introduction to the topic of Carbon in our Climate, and the Potential to foster the power of Soil to Capture the Greenhouse Gas.

Click on the Title above to Link to the NOFA-Mass website (scroll down) and you’ll follow a link to download the Document (14 pages plus references).

Reading about Soil Carbon, and the Ecology of Bacteria and Fungi assisting the growth of plants, by exchanging soil nutrients for Carbon root Exudate, and Soil Fungi using Carbon Exudate to bridge gaps between soil particles, and roots, potentially forming “Glomalin”, should kinda blow your mind. Jack Kittredge does an excellent job, utilizing soil scientist research, to describe just why we care about Organic Agriculture, as a means to foster a healthy Living Soil.

Bio-Intensive and Bio-Extensive Comparison

June 18th, 2019 | Posted by miker in References - (Comments Off on Bio-Intensive and Bio-Extensive Comparison)
Handout
Handout Prepared in 2013, Specific Details are significantly different by 2019 but the Bio Intensive and Bio Extensive Comparison still holds true as different Systems.

The Current NSF practice for Planting, following the principal of the Bio-Extensive System, is the use of Favorable Furrows, including cultivation and inter cropping of clover cover crops to follow the Cash Crop. The Clover would then be allowed a year of growth.

Basic Information About Soil

June 16th, 2019 | Posted by miker in References - (Comments Off on Basic Information About Soil)