Growing. There are so many different way to grow a vegetable, yet all working towards the same goal. Hannah Farm has many purposes, one of them being innovation. What an opportunity to experiment with new farming techniques and technology. This year we are undertaking 3 new farming projects: regenerative agriculture, microbes, and introducing technology to our farm.
Climate Change doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon and the world is getting creative with possible solutions. A relatively new movement called Regenerative Agriculture is sweeping across the world. Basically, researchers have found that through proper practices, plants can remove carbon from the atmosphere and put in back into the ground – making our soil healthier and possibly mitigating the effects of climate change. However, when we till the soil, we release carbon and kill the microbial environments. Regenerative Agriculture is the idea of farming with more natural practices, focusing on soil health, and trying to make our farms into carbon sinks instead of carbon emitters. More on this later this summer.
Microbes! In a similar vein to Regenerative Agriculture practices, we are experimenting with improving microbial structure in our soil. Dr. David Johnson of the University of Arizona works on growing nutrient/microbe rich compost that can drastically improve soil health & quality of vegetables grown. We are currently conducting multiple experiments on Hannah Farm to see if the addition of microbes to certain plants changes the plant growth, maturation, or taste of the vegetables.
Technology, this one is in the very early stage. In the past month we formed a partnership with two like-minded companies to start more closely monitoring environmental factors on the farm. Factors such as temperature, soil moisture content, humidity, etc. Additionally, we want to install remote controls for our water system so we can turn the water on and off depending on the soil moisture content. We are still a couple weeks out from getting the sensors in the ground – and are excited to see how it impacts the way we run Hannah Farm.
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