Diggin' in with Farmer Dug
This month, we began the process of Carbon Farm Planning, which will help us determine the best regenerative practices to maintain our soil health. Regenerative farming uses certain practices to build organic matter in the soil, which contains carbon. By focusing on the organic matter, we can expect greater irrigation efficiency with a higher water holding capacity in our soil and better nutrient exchange for more nutrient dense crops. It also happens to keep the carbon on our farm and out of the atmosphere, which is a pretty big deal when you think about agriculture’s role in regard to climate change. We recently tested soil samples from the farm to analyze our soil health, which is the holistic, or complete, look at the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of our soil. Soil is the foundation of life. It is the most important component of organic farming. Some folks choose organic produce because there are less chemicals or because they feel it tastes better, but the best reason to choose organic is because of soil health and its ability to store carbon. Through the amazing process of photosynthesis and smart farming practices, we can actually grow our soil organic matter and help our environment showing kids that farming is an important part of our daily lives impacting food, water, and climate. Carbon farm planning will help us determine what practices work for our farm and guide us toward a plan we can share with other local organic farmers and our students. And when you think about it, anything that helps mitigate climate change, is pretty cool.
See you ‘round the farm,