Growing Practices

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Growing Practices

All vegetables grown in Three Maples fields are naturally grown. Both our farmers were trained exclusively within the practices laid out by the USDA for Organic growing. While Three Maples is not certified organic, we use the organic standards as our guidelines for growing.

What that means day to day is that we use compost and covercrop to build the soil, utilize crop rotation to reduce disease risk, don’t use synthetic inputs at all, and sometimes tolerate a few holes in the arugula. We think this care of the soil makes the food taste better, and we know that it makes this work safer for our family.

Our seeds are all untreated, and we mostly purchase from High Mowing Seeds, FedCo, and Johnny’s Selected Seeds. We choose varieties that were bred for our climate and rocky soil whenever possible. We use McEnroe Organic potting soil for our field plants as well as the plants we sell at the farmstand. . Half or more of the varieties we grow each year are open pollinated or heirloom. We do not grow from any seeds that are “plant variety protected” or legally restricted from seed saving.