Forum Friday! Keeping Deer Out, More on Pathway Mgmt. & ONTFR Book Giveaway,
Deer, deer, deer!
Farmwithkeith asks, “First year on the farm and we have a family of deer that like to live here as well… How do you all handle deer in your area?”
Though this is typically more of a problem in the Fall/Winter around here in KY, when the forage has begun to disappear and our carrot tops are some of the only greens out in the field, it only takes one night of deer honing in on your lettuce beds to suffer thousands of dollars worth of damage. There were a lot of ideas shared about different tactics across the country and potential NRCS funding opportunities for fencing. If you have any experience on keeping the deer out, from physical barriers to cost/financing, please let us know!
Pathway Management in to-till
Bryandyck’s pathway management thread is still getting a lot of attention, “Just finished The Organic No-till Revolution and loved the content, but found myself thinking I wish they also talked about pathway management. Some threads below on using woodchips, have seen some using thin strips of landscape fabric in pathways to kill stuff back that sprouts. Super interested in using living mulch but also poses a challenge to keeping it mowed, or having said mowings getting into a crop that you need to keep clean, like salad greens. What are successes or failures that you have found on your farms?”
Pathway management on the no-till farm doesn’t have to be difficult, but definitely needs to be prioritized, and can easily become problematic, especially because we tend to not till it in once it gets away from us. Share your successes—or more importantly, your failures—with the rest of us.
Speaking of The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution, we’re doing a book giveaway on the forum! Compliments of our amazing show sponsor, Growing for Market Magazine (where you can get a 20% discount on a subscription using the code “notill” at checkout), we happen to have a bonus copy of Andrew Mefferd’s new book “The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution” and so we figured heck, let’s offer it to our NTG forum folks! To enter, just leave a comment in the thread on the forum with the answer to the question… Then we’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday, March 10th. One entry per person! We will announce the winner in the thread, so check back! While you’re there, post your no-till questions and see what the rest of the community is talking about (hint: use the search bar if you’re looking for something specific).
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