Evolving Organic: Biological and Ecological Farming
Biological Farming builds on the foundation of Organic Agriculture and the principle that to maximize the health of a crop it is necessary to maximize the health of the soil that supports that crop. Like any biological organism, plants have specific environments that cause them to thrive, and others that are stressful for them. In biological farming the goal is to create soil environments that are most ideal for the farm’s crops through balancing the major soil minerals, trace elements and building up beneficial enzymes, microbes, and fungi. When this is achieved, the crop plant will out compete weeds that have different preferred biological niches. When the ideal soil environment is achieved the crop plant will as well express immunity to bacterial and fungal diseases and resistance to insect infestation. This is due to the fact that the environment is ideal for the DNA expression of that plant, and it will therefore have the vitality to not be a suitable host for threatening insects, bacteria or fungi.
Ecological Farming and Permaculture is a “whole farm” approach recognizing the farm as a dynamic integration of mutually supportive systems. New Harmony hopes to be a model of sustainability through minimizing our carbon footprint through conserving our energy and water use, reducing off-farm inputs, integrating bio-diverse, perennial plantings into our annual vegetable crops and minimizing tillage of our soil to further develop the soil web and beneficial organisms. New Harmony will also work with the farm’s natural eco-systems to nurture habitats for wild life and beneficial insects.
Organic food production is based on a system of farming that mimics natural ecosystems balancing pest and beneficial organism populations and maintaining and replenishing fertility of the soil. The central maxim of organic farming is “grow the soil and not the plant”. This is integral to raising the most nutrient dense, flavorful, and earth-friendly produce.
New Harmony Farm's fertility program focuses on building vital soil life through cover cropping and mineral and compost applications. Regular nutritional sprays that include fish, sea minerals, molasses, milk whey, essential oils and beneficial fungi and bacteria that work with the soil and plant microbiology to build robust immune systems and flavorful, vibrant crops. These mineral rich, biological growing practices make more bio-nutrients available in our produce. You can taste the delicious difference!
Reducing Global Warming
Industrial/conventional agriculture is one of the primary sources of greenhouse gas emmisions that cause global warming. By using rock dusts, minimal tillage, cover-cropping and perennial plantings we our developing an agricultural ecosystem that will eventually make our farm a "carbon sink" absorbing more green house gases than we produce.