The farm fields are moving from summer production mode into fall & winter downtime mode, as we harvest the last bits of our favorite summer crops, and then harrow the spent plants into the soil so their nutrients can be recycled by next year’s crops.
We’re seeding cover crops as we go, too. Cover crops are like placeholder crops that we don’t harvest, but that help lock nutrients into the soil, and prevent erosion from fall rains and winter snowmelt. Cover cropping isn’t the most exciting part of farming (tillage radishes are one kind of cover crop we plant, and they are exactly as unsexy as they sound), but it is one of the most important parts of our soil care. And since healthy, vibrant soil underpins everything else we do, we’ll do whatever it takes to keep our soil happy & loving life.