We are proud to produce over 50 varieties of vegetables sustainably by using the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. Key factors in IPM include planting on black plastic and hand weeding, composting and using natural soil amendments, utilizing beneficial insects, rotating crops, and scouting for pest and diseases.
We believe in investing our time and resources into preventative measures to protect the environment as much as possible.
Some of these practices are as follows:
Growing on a 3-year rotation schedule to keep soil health vibrant
Using drip irrigation to prevent the spread of disease and avoid water waste
Hand weeding and using plastic mulch to control weeds
Composting excess crops and adding compost back to raised beds
Introducing beneficial insects to our fields and greenhouses to prey on pests
Testing and amending soil fertility
During weekly scoutings of our fields and pheromone traps, we collect data to monitor the health of our plants. We only use chemicals if destructive thresholds of pests and diseases are evident, and use certified organic applications when possible.
Throughout the 2016 season we collaborated with the UConn Extension Center in order to refine our IPM practices, including resistance management and pest and disease identification.
One of our strongest ideals is transparency. We believe in being honest about our growing practices and our products. Chat with us about our various practices and crops!