One acre of vegetable production can produce tons of food, if properly managed the nutrient content in the food will be higher that most produce sold at supermarkets. Lets plan for our 2014 growing season to plant only what we can properly manage. When this mindset is applied the food brought to the table is of higher quality and better flavor.
By properly managing a small area with the correct fertility practices, we can produce more food in less space. Less space to manage gives a grower more time for attention to detail, allowing the grower to watch for signs from the plants in order to understand how they are feeling. By understanding what nutrients and conditions crops require, we are able to make better fertility decisions both economically and from a productive potential standpoint. Vegetable plants grown in a biologically active soil are easier to manage, often times the soil will have higher water and nutrient holding capability, as well as an ideal environment for the plants to uptake minerals. When adding foliar feeding into the management program biological activity can be additionally managed.
The foods required for a healthy diet are mineral rich foods. Fresh vegetables grown in mineralized soil are different than conventionally grown vegetables, they stand out for quality and great flavor. When shopping for produce at local farmers markets look for foods grown with not only the label for clean crop production but for foods that are nutrient dense with a high brix content.
Mineral rich soils that are biologically active give off an aroma that we want to smell while working in our fields. We planted crimson clover throughout the field, when the clover was in bloom it was amazing to have the extra gift for our pollinators. Once the cover crop is in bloom many added benefits can be gained from tilling it into the soil, we did this in-between the rows during the growing season. This was our idea for weed suppression and reduction of tillage to keep the weeds down.
We work with many small scale market growers to create biological soil programs for healthier food production, we are seeing many benefits for farmers with our vegetable programs, a major one being flavor. Management practices are the bottom line of vegetable production with a strong correlation between a properly executed management and profitably.