Well today farmer Drew rolled the tractor out to the cover crop fields of wheat and vetch to prepare the field for a squash crop. Instead of preparing the field like he would for any other crop, the squash field is a no-till operation. No-till is useful for soil conservation and adds nutrients to the soil to help facilitate natural plant growth. To prep a field without plowing it, Uncle Drew pulls a large grooved roller behind the tractor to flatten and crimp the cover crop. After the cover crop is crimped it begins to decompose into the soil, thus providing the necessary nutrients for the coming squash crop. I will post pictures and video following the no-till preparation in action.
Hello and welcome to the faithful followers of One Straw Farm. Before I get into generating the meat of this blog, let me first introduce myself. I am Joan and Drew’s nephew Peter, and I have been living with One Straw Farm for all of recollected memory. Everyday for the past 17 years of my life I have had the fortune of waking up to the grind of tractor engines as they plow though the fertile White Hall soil, to the hum of the irrigation tractor at our pond, or even the overwhelming stench of freshly turned compost (but oh how homely such a smell can be). When I passed my 12th birthday I had finally reached the appropriate age of become a functioning member of the One Straw Farm operation, and that is when I began my tenure working at the Waverly Farmer’s Market. Since my beginnings at the Waverly Market my growth in my involvement with the farm has mirrored the growth of the entire One Straw Farm operation. I have watched as our CSA has climbed to become one of the largest in the state, and been apart the installment of new farmers markets year after year. It is easy for me to say that One Straw Farm has become a large part of my youth and adolecence, and also carved the path to who I want to become. It is because of the farm that I have chosen to pursue studying agriculture at the University of Vermont next year, and plan to make my impact on the world by continuing to facilitating the awareness and the growth of sustainable agriculture, if not just in the state of Maryland, but throughout our nation as a whole.
I look forward to letting all of you, the customers, view the farm as we do here on the business end of the operation; through this blog you will be given visuals and updates to how things work out here in White Hall.