environment

Environment

This concept is demonstrated firstly through our commitment to creating and enhancing biologically diverse, fertile soils. We aim to create an environment in which the interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals, and people can achieve a mutually beneficial existence.


  • There are many ways in which we, here at Poplar Grove Farm, work towards environmental sustainability. Beginning in the office with things such as a well managed crop rotation to other initiatives such as recycling programs.
  • A green manure rotation where green plants are intentionally tilled into the soil to increase nutrients and soil quality. Compost and compost teas are also ways in which we attempt to create a sustainable field. Compost is a natural, chemical free method of fertilizing the soil, while compost teas are a natural form of fungicide.
  • Along with green manure we, at Poplar Grove Farm, plant specific crops to enhance our soil biology. For example, fields low in nitrogen are consciously planted with legumes, a crop that naturally enhances the nitrogen content of soils. We also plant alfalfa on fields with limited or poor drainage. Alfalfa's extensive and hardy root growth opens up compact soils to provide for good soil drainage, and also works toward erosion prevention.
  • Good crop rotations, soil building practices, and fertility and irrigation management help keep weeds and insects below economic thresholds. We employ many of nature's natural predators such as lady beetles and bats to control harmful insects.
  • To further prevent erosion we annually seed ditches with grass instead of leaving them black. This, along with digging shallow inclines prevents erosion of our precious soils by either wind or water.