April 24, Nevin Dawson “Our Living Soil”

The land on which we grow our food and fiber crops is not a sterile medium, but is instead a living ecosystem. The management actions of the farmer determine whether the soil thrives with beneficial fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates, or struggles with pests, pathogens, and low fertility. With world population growth driving increased demand for food, healthy soil is essential in the movement to sustainable increase the yield potential of farm fields while minimizing environmental impacts. Colchester Farm CSA is a local example of community supported agriculture that follows many best management practices for building soil health while producing fresh and nutritious vegetables for the community.

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