How we Farm

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Our farming principles revolve around being good stewards of the land, caring and humane shepherds to our animals and being supportive of our community.  In our respect of being your farm we want to be transparent in our growing practices so our community of supporters can make knowledgeable decisions of the food we produce and the food you as a supporter receive from Lazy Dog Farms. 

In our determination to have a healthy, diverse farm we do not use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.   Family farms of times gone by where a field of mixed produce was grown have largely been replaced by mono crops which use an abundance of chemicals and synthetic fertilizers that are targeted to a specific plant to produce fast growing 'pretty' plants to line the grocery aisles.  In this type of farming the soil is stripped of nutrients and the beautiful balance of nature and unseen diversity of microbes is lost. We understand that the soil is full of life and what we put in the soil effects the quality of the harvest in months to come and the quality of what we all will be consuming. 

We are continually striving to build the health and diversity of our soil.  We apply naturally mined and produced inputs including Jersey Green Sand, Lime, Tennessee Brown Phosphate, and Humates.  Microbial activity and diversity is critical for a healthy thriving soil.  Specific innoculants are regularly applied to production fields and to specific crops including clovers and legumes. During the growing season we regularly fertilize plants with Fish emulsion. Cover crops are planted after harvest to add organic matter and nutrients back to the soil.

Come August around here the weeds remind us that we cannot control nature.  We attempt to tackle weeds using cultivation, tillage, mulch, flaming and when all else fails hand pulling.  We do not apply any herbicides.

The most challenging aspect of organic produce production is pest control.  We utilize multiple methods for pest control with varying success. The most successful treatment is prevention that said we use rotation, succession planting and row covers.  Field sanitation is the first line of defense for the prevention of fungal disease and pests. We remove the unhealthy plants and discard them.  Unfortunately sanitation does not always work.  We also use trap crops, insecticidal soaps, various bacteria, beneficial insects, lures, hand picking and other NOP compliant solutions. 

 

 

Our animals are raised on pasture or in the woods in as natural of an environment as possible.  They are provided adequate shelter from the elements, protection from predators, Non-Antibiotic and Hormone free feeds.

 

 

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