no-till organic


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Compost is very valuable to us. On our farm, we use compost to provide nutrients and to increase organic matter in the soil (for water retention, reduce soil erosion, and prevent nutrients from leaching off the farm). Over the past few years, we have been trialing different methods to reduce tillage without herbicides (aka organic no-till).  One of these methods has been using compost as mulch (to suppress weeds and prevent soil erosion). Which led us to our newest favourite tool on the farm… Our Self-loading Compost Spreader! We’ve been getting lots of questions from other farmers about it….and promising […]

Broadfork Farm’s Self-Loading Compost Spreader


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After years of using biodegradable biobased mulch films (or biofilms for brevity), in early 2015 certified organic farmers in Canada were told that biofilms would no longer be considered an allowable input. Farmers from across the country were understandably upset and confused. Biofilms offer benefits in weed control and soil warming.  And they biodegrade within 2 seasons, eliminating the need to be picked up. Every ecologically-minded farmer who was using or wanted the benefits of regular plastic mulch, was happy to avoid adding more waste to the landfill. When I first learned about non-GMO, corn starch-based biofilms, I was excited […]

Biodegradable Plastic Mulches No Longer Allowed in Canadian ...