Fertility management increases produce yield and nutrition

four-horse hitch loading loose hay in a hilly pasture.  It was taken by Micah Spicher-Schonberg in 2008.

4-horse hitch loading loose hay in a hilly pasture. Photo taken by Micah Spicher-Schonberg

At Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA, David Fisher and Anna Maclay use a 5-part fertility program to raise plants, animals and people with optimal health and vitality. They nourish land with animal manure-based compost, minerals, seed inoculants, green-manure and rotationally-grazed animals. Through enhanced soil fertility, their food’s nutritional content is raised as is the farm’s long-term sustainability.

Fisher focuses on biological fertility, intensive cover cropping and weed control “We first nourish the land so in return, it can nourish us,” said Fisher. His training and efforts to enhance soil health have led to improved soil as well as personal health. He finds that his family and crops are both becoming more vigorous and resistant to illness and diseases over time. [Learn more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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