Organic Farming

USDA Certified Organic is still our best guarantee that food we buy is free of synthetic fertilizers, persistent pesticides, GMO’s, sewage sludge, and irradiation.

“How are your products grown?” customers ask.  They don’t want their trust abused. 

Should you get organic certification?  If so, I’d like to help you source the NOP-allowable materials, amendments, and pest deterrents.

Or would you rather develop more eco-farming practices? I’d love to help you.

Organic methods get us off the chemical-poison treadmill.

Sustainable means we slow or hold the line on degradation.

Regenerative means more than quit tilling and plant a cover crop. 
Regenerative means shifting your growing system to:

See profit increase through reducing input costs
See your farm as an ecosystem to manage, instead of a series of seasonal tasks
See weeds as benefits instead of competition
See bare soil as financial loss instead of the proper tidy look
See more ways to build resiliency to drought, flood, & temperature spikes
See more ways to gain productivity and profit through biodiversity instead of NPK applications.
Grow –actually grow—more topsoil & fertility
Employ more ecological services with regenerative practices

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Regenerative Consults for gardeners and market gardeners:
I voraciously read, study, experiment, and hob-nob with practicing ecological and regenerative gardeners.
How to put more parts together on your land?
I can help you on this regenerative path, no matter how small your operation.
I offer classes, videos, & consults.  Please contact me & save my brain from “Un-used Information Syndrome!”

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Regenerative Consults for farmers:
I am steeped & jazzed about the latest research and on-farm success stories.
I would like to walk your land with you.
I would like to help you incorporate the new biological and ecological tools for less work and more profit. 
I would like to serve as your coach. 
I would like to help you put all parts of the program together so nature does more of the work. 
Your cost-savings will easily cover my modest fees.

Learn More About Organic Farming

Harvest Big With Rich Increase

Author Ellen Vande Visse Harvest – Big with Rich Increase From Second Nature, by Michael Pollan, Grove Press, New York, 1991. Excerpt from Chapter 8: The Harvest, page 142. Abundance. The season freely gives unencumbered gifts— “teeming autumn, big with rich increase” (Shakespeare, in Sonnet 97) When a hard frost threatens and we’re hurrying to harvest all but the heartiest vegetables, autumn’s big increase never fails to astound. So much sheer, indubitable mass, none of which existed just a few months ago, except in the prospect of a handful of seeds. We heap bushel baskets with summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes; stuff bags with lettuce and chard; cut whole heads of sunflowers big as a calf’s, and haul it all indoors, …

Rules to Grow By

Author Ellen Vande Visse Rules to Grow By for soil, vegetable, livestock, & human health –Malcolm Beck 1. Use the best adapted varieties for each environment 2. Plant in optimal season 3. Balance the mineral content of the soil 4. Build and maintain the soil organic content—humus 5. Do nothing to harm the beneficial soil life 6. Consider troublesome insects & diseases as symptoms of one of the above rules having been violated. Because of rules 4 & 6 being ignored or not understood, the pesticide industry (“toxic rescue chemistry”) sells about 2 billion pounds of product annually. This is wisdom from Malcolm Beck, an exemplary farmer. Beck is the producer of Garden Ville compost & soil blends. He is …

Deep Mulch Gardening

Author Ellen Vande Visse Deep Mulch Gardening: Building a Habitat for a Whole-Soil Ecosystem Or, Why work at tilling? 10/7/2014 9:54:00 AM By: David R. Braden IV Tags: gardening, soil ecosystems, mulch, Colorado, David R. Braden IV http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/deep-mulch-gardening- building-a-habitat-for-a-whole-soil-ecosystem-zbcz1410.aspx#axzz3FlDvO4zF According to the literature, hügelkultur can remain fertile for up to 30 years without adding new materials. However, it can be difficult to plant into the logs and branches. We call our latest experiment a hügel mulch. It is a base of logs and branches covered with a wood chip sheet mulch that should give us many years of growing without any labor except planting and harvesting. At the Living Systems Institute we work with the theory that nature maintains a …

Spring Soil Preparation

Author Ellen Vande Visse Tips for Spring Soil Preparation in South Central Alaska Wisdom from Bob Greig*, Founder of Alaska Sea-Ag LIME: Use high-calcium lime, rather than dolomite lime (unless your soil test recommends otherwise) You have to ask specifically for it in the stores and check bag labels. NITROGEN: Use fishbone meal (earthworms love it). It is also wonderful source of phosphate, calcium, and trace minerals. TRANSPLANTING: As you transplant, try mixing in a microbe inoculant for minimizing shock and increasing vigor, plus stimulate mycorrhizal development for strong root systems. SOLUBLE KELP POWDER: An excellent source of trace elements & potassium or K. Spray this kelp to ward off damping off of seedlings, reduce transplant shock, and resist fungal …