Growing Practices
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At Root Down Farm, we are deeply committed to sustainability in the broadest sense of the term. We believe that by working with the natural rhythms of the earth we can produce healthy, high-quality produce without the risks to human health and the earth entailed by the chemical-intensive agriculture that currently prevails in the United States.

All our produce is certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers. We apply only high-quality, non-toxic organically approved fertilizers and pesticides. We have also signed the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut’s Farmer’s Pledge, which is a commitment to operate our farm in accordance with sound ecological and economic principles. We never use any genetically modified seeds.

Sustainable farming is about much more than what we throw on our fields. We view the farm as a holistic entity and a living organism in its own right, one which encompasses not only the soil and plants, but the surrounding wildlife, natural resources, customer base and farm workers. Ensuring the health and viability of all those resources is our highest priority.

As much as possible, we generate fertility on the farm by composting vegetable residues along with whatever other organic inputs we can source locally, and we rely on time-tested methods like crop rotation and cover cropping to ensure overall farm health. When we do buy off-farm fertilizers, they are always non-toxic and naturally produced and approved for use in organic growing systems. At all times, we seek to be mindful of our resource consumption by being as efficient as possible in our use of water, electricity and fossil fuels.

"At all times, we seek to be mindful of our resource consumption by being as efficient as possible in our use of water, electricity and fossil fuels. "