Our focus at Against the Grain is to build and nurture the soil, as we believe that the soil is the source of a healthy farm ecosystem and nutrient dense food, and in turn, healthy farmers and a healthy community. Our approach to soil fertility involves on-farm composting, cover cropping, under-sowing and crop rotation. In 2013, we were introduced to biodynamic farming practices, which immediately resonated with us as a holistic approach to farming. A biodynamic approach involves creating a diverse and balanced farm ecosystem through on-farm fertility cycling, working with natural and cosmic rhythms, and utilizing preparations consisting of fermented manure, herbs and minerals. Learn more about biodynamics here: https://www.biodynamics.com/what-is-biodynamics
We raise a broad spectrum of vegetables with only the use of organically certified, OMRI listed inputs. We source organically grown seeds and plants, when they are available, and we start all of our own transplants from seed. We do not grow any GE (genetically engineered) crops on our farm and do not source seed from companies who participate in genetic engineering.
Photo by Alistair Burke