Sustainable Growing Methods


Sustainable crops are grown in a different manner from industrial crops. Sustainable crop farmers focus on ensuring that their farming practices can be sustained over time and do not cause undue damage to the environment.  A number of different practices are involved in sustainable crop production.


  • No Pesticide Use - Pesticides are substances that destroy various agricultural pests, including weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), bacteria (microbicides), and fungi (fungicides). and can lead to health problems.

  • Multicropping - is an agricultural method of planting multiple species on one piece of land, either during the same growing season or in successive growing seasons.
  • Companion planting - a method of planting two or more crops of differing characteristics in close proximity to reduce weeds; to encourage plant diversity in order to avoid insect and pest infestation; and to provide shade, nitrogen fixation, or other benefits to the plants being grown.
  • Multching - is the process of spreading organic or mineral material to manually control the growth of weeds.
  • Beneficial insects and organisms - There are a number of beneficial insects and organisms that, when released, destroy harmful pests. Beneficial insects include predators such as ladybugs; beneficial organisms include nemotodes (microscopic worms) that are used to destroy the larvae of pests.
  • Organic fertilizers - Our fertilizer use includes home made compost, animal manure, and worm castings.
  • No tilling of soil - We use no-till methods or minimize tilling in order to protect the soil. No-till methods can reduce soil erosion and compaction, increase aeration (critical for root growth and function), and reduce loss of water and critical nutrients.
  • Sustainable seeds ​- Our organic and Heirloom seeds are selected for there flavor or nutritional content and there ablitiy to be saved year after year.
  • Sustainable irrigation ​- We are using bucket drip irrigation as well as home made Ollas.

Sustainable crop production entails not only environmental responsibility, but also socioeconomic responsibility, which involves ensuring fair treatment of workers, supporting farm communities, and sustaining local food systems.



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