Our Farming Practices
Green String Philosophy
At Green String Farm, we practice “natural process agriculture.” We keep the soil and plants healthy and free from pesticides and artificial chemicals. We produce beautiful food with very low input.
A farm is a system. Attention to soil health is essential to producing healthful food. Use of cover crops, compost, compost tea, and crushed volcanic rock and oyster shell mineral supplements help ensure that the earth is able to grow vibrant fruits and vegetables.
The goal is to create a self-nourishing system where less human intervention yields better quality crops.
We grow by the motto “50% for humans, 50% for nature,” maintaining an important balance between crops grown for human consumption and crops grown for soil improvement.This approach also benefits the community by preserving green spaces and wildlife habitats, protecting the soils, conserving resources, and stimulating the local economy.
We grow cover crops next to or in rotation with food crops to introduce nitrogen to the soil and create a root system to hold the soil together. Cover crops like clover, vetch, and fava beans are essential for strengthening soil fertility in natural process farming.
We introduce beneficial microbes (like bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and protozoa) into the soil by applying compost tea, a handful of dry compost with nutrients soaked in water overnight. Finely crushed volcanic rock and powdered oyster shell provide easily accessible minerals and calcium for soil microbes to break down and transfer to our plants. This creates soil which helps plants build their own immune systems, and foregoes the need for chemical pesticides.
The Green String approach to farming reconsiders the idea of “weeds.” Instead of fighting against these persistent plants, we let them grow up alongside our food crops. When they threaten resources like light and space, we hoe or mow them back just enough, and leave the cut plant material to enrich the soils. Sometimes, we get a little help from herds of goats and sheep to keep overzealous cover crops in check! By resisting the urge to allow only the food crop to grow, we maintain biodiversity and enrich the soils while spending less time eradicating “undesirable” plants from our fields.