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Soil Health Field Tour – Sat June 22, 6pm

June 10th, 2019 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Soil Health Field Tour – Sat June 22, 6pm)

Soil Health Field Tour – Sat June 22, 2019, 6pm

Farmers, Landowners, Agricultural Professionals, and the caring public are all invited to join the discussions – How do we prepare the Soil for Planting Crops, while fostering the Health and Future of the Soil?

Responsible management of Agricultural Production, starts with assessing the Soil Conditions, Developing Strategies for fostering beneficial growing conditions, and troubleshooting any Challenges. The long term objectives must be Building Soil Health, Protecting Soil Structure and Maintaining Fertility.

On the Field Tour, we will look at a number to soil samples, to provide examples of different Management Practices; Fallow Fields, Hay Field, Row Cropping of Vegetables using our Favorable Furrow technique, Solarization of Soils pre-planting, Layering Mulches and Intensive Vegetable Production on Permanent Raised Beds.

We have invited Robert Fulper Jr., a neighboring farmer, who’s family was one of the first to adopt No-Till Practices in NJ, to give his perspective and respond to questions about his experiences farming many acres with multiple crops.

Also invited, Yichao Rui, Rodale Institute Soil Specialist, to discuss Soil Fertility Management, including understanding soil tests and addressing specific concerns like high concentrations of Phosphorus and high pH readings that may be associated with Manures and High Levels of Organic Matter.

We will share our experiences in detail, because all Farmers and folks who care about the future know – Healthy Soil is critical to Productive Agriculture. Our understanding of what is happening in the soil, especially the growing body of science studying the benefits of Organic Matter and a thriving MicroEcology, may hold Huge Inspiration for Positive Farming Outcomes.

Check out our Post about the CIG Grant that is sponsoring this event and others across multiple farms and States!

Summer Solstice Celebration – 2019

June 10th, 2019 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Summer Solstice Celebration – 2019)

Summer Solstice Gathering and Celebration  -2019

Saturday June 22 – we welcome you to join us to Celebrate one of the Most significant moments on Earth – the Longest Day of the Year!

Come at 6 pm and join our Field Tour and discussion about Tillage strategies and Soil Health, then at 8 pm, we’ll kick back and enjoy the sunset, listen to live music and continue the Conversations into the evening!

Pot Luck Dinner, bonfire and local musicians (bring an instrument to join in)..

LOCATION : 1701 Linvale-Harbourton Rd, West Amwell Twp, 08530.

extra parking: 386 Rock Road East, 08530

Questions?  Call Mike 609-647-9754

Conservation Innovation Grant

May 19th, 2019 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Conservation Innovation Grant)

Conservation Innovation Grant – Soil Health Monitoring, Reduced Tillage Techniques and Farm Tours.

NOFA Massachusetts, NOFA Connecticut and NOFA New Jersey each have three farms participating in a three year grant, studying soil health, carbon sequestration and Reduced Tillage Practices. To learn more about the Grant, check of, Specifically;

North Slope Farm, Morganics Family Farm and Cherry Valley Cooperative Farm are all committing to three years of soil testing, farm tours, and a focus on integrating reduced soil tillage practices into our management.

At North Slope Farm, we already have been using a reduced tillage technique, we call “Favorable Furrows” to plant our field beds. In our permanent raised beds we typically Broad Fork and rototill, pre planting, but to reduce tillage we have been using Solarization and Lasagna Layered Mulching Techniques to beat the weeds, without tillage..

A great Primer for any discussion of Soil Health and the Carbon in the Soil is the White Paper – Soil Carbon Restoration – Can Biology Do the Job?.. Follow the Link to’s site and download a copy.

If these topics interest you, we want you to participate in our Farm Tours and there is a Farmer Roundtable planned, to hear input from other NJ Farmers and develop topics to build on. Sign up for our email newsletter (top of page) to receive a reminder of upcoming tours / Events, Join NOFA-NJ, or reach out to Morganics or Cherry Valley Coop Farm so we are sure to include you in our outreach!

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2019

January 7th, 2019 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2019)

Organic Farming and Living in NJ

NOFA-NJ Winter Conference 2019

click on Link above or search

Join Great Speakers, and a Great Group of People,

Collaborate, Regenerate and Celebrate!!

Wide variety of Topics,

Register Now!  Be there with us!

Farmer Mike, from North Slope Farm, will be joining Erich Bremer, Program Administrator for NJ Department of Agriculture Organic Certification Program and Independent Organic Inspector, Al Johnson to engage the audience in exploring the Organic Standards for guidance and inspiration, we hope to see you there!

Winter Solstice 2018

December 20th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on Winter Solstice 2018)

Winter Solstice Gathering

North Slope FarmHouse

Friday, Dec 21, 6 pm, Pot Luck and Music

A great time to be together,

to share the Solar Reorientation!

Friends and Family Welcome:

1701 Linvale-Harbourton Road, 08530,

Extra Parking; 386 Rock Road East, first driveway from Route 579, on Rock Road East.  Bring rubber shoes, its wet out there!!

Web Site Review –

September 26th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Community Affairs - (Comments Off on Web Site Review –)


SATURDAYS – 1st and 3rd Sat., each Month!

Windsor Athletic Club – 10 am – 1 pm

99 Clarksville Road, West Windsor NJ

Organic Produce, and lots of great vendors – Cheese, Bread, Meats, Jams and More!

Web Site Review –

Some Pages may not work due to recent hacking and our effort to remove unsanctioned posts and access..

North Slope Produce avail at West Windsor Community Farmers Market, every Saturday 9am – 1 pm.

To reach NorthSlopeFarm; 609-647-9754 or


Ecology and Farming is a constant Balance

June 21st, 2018 | Posted by miker in Musings from the Field - (Comments Off on Ecology and Farming is a constant Balance)

Ecology and Farming is a constant balance.

Notes from the Field:

Task: Maintain low production hay field, by mowing.

Objective; to control against invasive species, encourage “cut and regrow” species ( like clover ), and avoid rank, overgrown conditions that require heavier equipment than we have.

First step is to mow at least two passes around the field, defining the edges clearly, and exposing any hazards that may have fallen from hedgerows, or been left from previous activities in neighboring fields.  In the Veg D Field,  there is a Ground Hog warren, hazard, that I mow with the brush hog, before cutting hay with the Haybine.  This time I planned on dividing the field in two equal parts, while mowing with the brush hog, to simplify the next process of haying..

Observations that caused me to question my Farming Objectives..

The Canada Thistle patches in the field are supporting vigorous populations.. Barn Swallows, Goldfinches and Bees and Wasps of all kinds..  So the Balance of Responsibility begins to cause doubt in my Plan.. Perhaps the Habitat provided by the wild Thistle flowers outweighs the non productive goal of controlling invasive s…  By not mowing,  the families of Red Wing Black birds will have a chance to finish raising their babies..

SO, I decided to take a nuanced approach, Mow out the perimeter, divide the field for future mowing, but leave the Thistle bounty for the Goldfinches, maintaining a plan to mow prior to allowing the seed heads to blow into neighboring fields, as possible..  THEN I hit the brakes, because RIGHT in the middle of the field is a large stand of Milk Weed, a wild flower critical to sustaining specialized wild species, like Monarch Butterflies.  I’ve made an effort to protect flowering MilkWeed when possible, so ended up circling the patch with the mower, leaving a big block of Wild Flowers, mixed with all kinds of other flowering invasive s, clovers and grasses to do their own chaotic things..

Farming is an effort to shape our relationship with Nature, ideally to produce consumable products.  Ecology is the study of Life, with the intent to learn more about our place in…. Life.  Opportunity is the chance to try to balance Productivity with the Right Choices.  I’m grateful for the freedom to choose, in my path, and Ill endeavor to consider the farmers around, and to follow me, and mostly I hope to be a supporter of dynamic and diverse systems and communities..

MikeR June 2018

FarmStand at NorthSlopeFarm 2019

June 21st, 2018 | Posted by miker in FarmStand - (Comments Off on FarmStand at NorthSlopeFarm 2019)

Our Farmstand, with our Organic Produce, on Route 579,

equidistant from Lambertville, Hopewell and Pennington, NJ.  10 miles from Flemington, 16 miles from Trenton.

Closed for the Season..  Special Orders can sometimes be accommodated..  Eggs, Salad Mix, and current crops can be ordered by Wednesday, for (selfService) pick up Sat-Mon.  See post below about “Special Orders.”

Spending a Day with Nettle, with Pat Chichon, at North Slope Farm

March 14th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Events and Workshops - (Comments Off on Spending a Day with Nettle, with Pat Chichon, at North Slope Farm)

Spending a Day with Nettle


                   Please join us at North Slope Farm for an afternoon with Nettle. This luscious plant, often feared and avoided, has everything you could wish in an herb and we as advocates, want you to get to know her and her nourishing, funny, crazy sides. We will hang out with her outside, pick and prepare yummy stuff and learn how to care for her and preserve her.

          Come hear our stories and share yours. Bring a basket or bag, clippers, gloves(are optional!!- nettle does have a sting),  a cup for tea or soup, a plate and spoon, a few pint canning jars and some apple cider vinegar.

          Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 1-3:30 pm    $35

For more information contact Pat Chichon at  or 609-397-1466 or

North Slope Farm , to call: 609-647-9754..

Favorable Furrow at North Slope Farm

February 27th, 2018 | Posted by miker in Planting - (Comments Off on Favorable Furrow at North Slope Farm)

Favorable Furrows at North Slope Farm..

Ripping Furrows

An ecological focus directs us to be conscious of Life around us.  As a Farmer, you learn about the irony of constantly battling nature, to yield a profitable crop…To read more about Todd Haldeman’s experience with Favorable Furrows – Click Here.

Discussion, Observation and Investigation has popularized the awareness of Vital and Dynamic Soil Biota, Life, Ecology.

As Farmers, we are stimulated by the Concept that to Disturb Soil, is to Destroy Life and Ecology..

This is Not a New Awareness.. but, like more people, than ever, now have an awareness of Organic (Agricultural Management) Practices..  Our communities are quickly adopting the awareness that Soil is Alive – and that Life has profound and unique Purpose(s)!

No-Till and Minimal Tillage Techniques, are concepts, that refer to, reducing the mechanical disruption of Soil Ecology, such that the Living Soil, can Maximize its Potential.  The Details of these techniques relate to specific Farmers, Farms and Resources.

At North Slope Farm, we are fine tuning our Minimal Tillage Techniques, including, but not limited to:

Favorable Furrows, in short;

  • Foster Multi Species Cover Cropped Farmland..

  • To Plant “Field Beds”, Rip a Furrow,

  • Fill Furrow with Compost and Amendments Desired,

  • Shallow Churn the Rippings (from Furrowing) and mounded Compost, to yield uniform surface,

  • Plant, or utilize shallow cultivation techniques to maintain “stale seedbed”, until Planting.