FF// More Interplanting, IG Noteables, & Free Broadfork

FF// More Interplanting, IG Noteables, & Free Broadfork

{photo: Frith Farm, going #ham on some interplating this year]


Much can be said about the downsides of interplating. It can make crop planning a nightmare, harvesting inefficient, and lead to too much experimental failure when the second crop unwittingly takes out the primary (been there, done that). But, still, the lot of us feel compelled to keep interplanting. Figuring out good companions not only makes the most of our space (i.e. increases the revenue of a bed), but also increases diversity, puts more roots in the ground, and the two crops can work together. Example, the trellised peas provided some shade for the romaine during this relentlessly hot/dry Spring and the lettuce made use of space that otherwise would have remained bare.

dcfarm gives us an honest take on five years of trial and error—and success—with interplanting with some good takeaways. They write, “I've done so much of this it's ridiculous. I attended a JM Fortier workshop a few years ago. At that event he stated that he'd never seen a commercial vegetable production operation succeed using interplanting or companion planting… After 5 years of experimenting I've decided the best approach is to plant…”

Further, check out all of the interplanting going on at Frith Farm.

Let us know what interplanting you’re doing this season. You can post it in the growers community or post a picture and tag us on Instagram @notillgrowers.

IG Notables

Here are several farms we’ve begun following on Instagram for some serious #notill inspiration. Side note: I’m very reluctant to follow many farms on social media. In an age of information overload, I limit it to just those who farm in a manner I want to take my farming, and post a lot of valuable information, or at least “descriptive” pictures of their work. We have an insanely valuable tool for spreading small-scale soil-conserving methods and connecting with one another here. Just sayin’.

Mossy Willow Farm
Ten Mothers Farm
Spindlebrook Fram
Oxton Organics

Free Broadfork!

Seriously, no click-bait. In case you missed it, paperpot.co has given No-Till Growers a free badass Meadow Creature broadfork to give away to one lucky attendee at the Frith Farm at Rough Draft event in October. We’ve already sold quite a few tickets (sorry folks, space is limited), so don’t wait to get yours (click-it below). Patreon members may receive discounts and it’s not too late to become a member.

Field Day with Daniel Mays of Frith Farm at Rough Draft Farmstead

Hey folks, we are announcing the first ever No-Till Growers workshop! Join us here in good ol’ KY on October 29th for a day-long intensive with Daniel Mays to discuss the no-till systems used at Frith Farm, followed by a tour of Rough Draft Farmstead with Farmer Jesse. The workshop begins at 8am and will be an all-day event beginning at Spark Community Cafe. Coffee and lunch will be provided and are included in the ticket price. After lunch, we’ll travel to Rough Draft Farmstead for a tour, time to connect, and drinks (BYOB). Space is limited, so please purchase yours as soon as possible. Discounts may be available to you based on your Patreon level. If you have any questions, please contact us at notillgrowers@gmail.com.

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