Beyond no till. Beyond organic.
At Full Well Farm we do not use any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides and we do not disturb our soil structure by tilling. While we are not certified organic, our farming practices go far beyond what that label requires. Instead, we use regenerative agricultural practices that put the long term health of the soil and local ecology first.
Indigenous Peoples & Land Acknowledgement.
It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that are farming and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Muhheaconneok or Mohican people and the Wabanaki Peoples, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today the Muhheaconneok or Mohican community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. The Wabanaki Confederacy includes the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki Nations, and still reside in many of their indigenous homelands, which at one time included the English named Western Massachusetts. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all. Thank you to Heather Bruegl, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and historian, for sharing this acknowledgement with us. We are grateful for the opportunity to uplift the voices of the indigenous peoples of the land that we farm, and will work to support their sovereignty financially and politically.
Cultivating community above & below ground
In addition to not tilling our soil, at FWF we use a permanent bed system that allows for earthworms and other microbial soil life to create communities and structure beneath the surface. This helps to support robust, nutritious plants, and also keeps carbon in the soil instead of releasing it into the air.
We feed our soil with high-quality compost and organic materials and manage pests with reusable row covers and crop rotation. Because of our healthy soil and the large amount of biodiversity in our fields, our plants are less prone to pests and diseases.
We avoid one-time-use plastics and use local mulch materials, like wood chips, leaves, and straw. Cover crops also help to build up organic matter in the soil. Worms and other soil dwelling creatures enjoy the shelter of the mulch and do more work for our soils than we could ever do with machines, so we like to keep their beds made!
To grow intensively on a small amount of space, we are required to take exceptional care of the land. All of our cultivation is done with hoes and our hands, which minimizes our need to use equipment that rely on petroleum to run. Regenerative growing practices benefit from the long history of indigenous knowledge and land stewardship and we are grateful for that deep knowledge that we have benefited from. These regenerative farming practices will continue to benefit the health of the local environment while also producing highly nutritious vegetables and beautiful flowers.