Our pretty display at the farmer's market is the very end of a long process. I have talked a little about the planning in previous posts, but this time of year (or later in our frequent rainy springs) is most exciting time of farming for me--soil preparation.
|Cover Crop of Bell Beans, Vetch, and Oats.|
All that means: in spring I have thick vegetation to incorporate into the soil, and I then encourage it to break down and become a rich food source for crop plants. This involves the farmer's favorite tool: the powerful tractor! We do use an electric tractor in the summer season for weeding, but for our primary tillage we use two diesel tractors, using a mixture of fuel that contains 20% biodiesel.
|Incorporating Cover Crop with Spading Machine|
|Rough Shaped Beds, almost ready for planting!|
Happy Spring! Enjoy some photos of our soil prep, our blank canvas is being created so we can have a great harvest in 2013. We will be at the Berkeley farmers market this Saturday, March 30, we will just be at a market or two in April before we take a break before our summer/fall season.
|Final Shaping pass, ready to plant|