About Neversink Farm

 

Radical Practices and Outsider Agriculture

Our farming practices may be radical but they have resulted in our farm being one of the highest production farms per square foot in the country.

What can be more radical than removing the symbol of vegetable farming; the tractor? We practice farming by hand; replacing the tractor with hand tools. All planting, cultivation, and harvesting is done manually, though we use modern tools and techniques that keep us efficient and competitive. We find that farming this way is easier, more productive, and can produce vegetables of a higher quality.

Deep and Intensive

We then move beyond the minimum of certifying our farm as organic and practice intensive planting and growing techniques. Our beds are replanted constantly through the season from early April through late fall. Our hoop houses produce vegetables year round. We do this by maintaining extremely fertile soil. As a result we do not need to leave fields fallow or cover crop. We believe that farming this way creates healthy vegetables resistant to diseases and pests.

No Till

Tilling destroys soils and burns up organic matter. We practice no till and use permanent beds that minimize soil disturbance. Instead of tilling our fields we manually broadfork our permanent beds. This maintains soil structure, reduces our weed pressure and helps keep our soil fertile. It an integral part of growing intensively without tractors. We feel it is also a requirement to grow the best tasting produce. Vegetables need complex soil that is alive to reach their potential.