2019 is Take Stock Farm's second growing season, and we have a lot in store. Here is a sampling of what we plan to grow, all within organic standards:
Beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, lettuces, salad mixes, kale, spinach, herbs, flowers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, winter squash, onions, garlic, carrots, collards, chard, and more!
Our goal is to tread as lightly as possible on our land to maximize soil health and in turn, the bounty of food. Many of our plants are started in soil blocks within a small greenhouse, which is borrowed from our neighbor up the road. In his day, he grew Ladyslippers in there to ship around the world. By using his greenhouse space, we’ve eliminated the need to purchase new materials to build our own, and we’re cultivating neighborly spirit. This, in and of itself, is the where the spirit of farming in Vermont lies.
As for tillage, we aim to use the tractor as little as possible. Tractors are very heavy machines that cause a lot of soil compaction. Plus, tractor implements like plows and harrows, though convenient and effective, often damage the soil structure and microbiology when they're used. We employ our tractor only when absolutely necessary.