Soil Health & Our practices
“Soil is life” – We are in transition of becoming organically certified with Pro Cert and plan on completion of certification for 2018. Prior to this next step, we have always used organic practices since the purchase of the farm. Going beyond Organic not only means ensuring the Non Use of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides (not even organic ones, also commonly known as No Spray Farming) but also on building the microbiological life in our soil (because this is where nutrients originate).
We have over the past few years been working on development of our soil into a life building, diverse system and regenerating the growing model with methods and practises in organics and permaculture to increase biodiversity. We use only Non GMO seeds and prefer Organic Heirloom…we are known for our tomato varieties that follow this approach. Our irrigation system is from our own well that is supplied from the Mount Baker aquifer and not city chlorinated water source and our water also goes through a filtration system to ensure purity with testing done every spring. For pest control we use row covers, never chemicals. We use green manures, cover crops, crop rotations, compost, compost tea’s, vermiculite (we do on site), organic amendments and minerals all naturally sourced and not synthetic that are key to the farm’s success and achieving our Nutrient Dense Products with Farm Fresh Taste.
What is Nutrient Dense?
Answer: More nutrients for less calories
Nutrient dense foods give you the most nutrients for the fewest amounts of calories. In other words, nutrient dense foods give you the “biggest bang for the buck.”
Eating nutrient dense foods is one of the healthiest ways that anyone can eat. No principle is more likely to support healthy eating than the principle of nutrient density. Why is nutrient density so helpful? Because it gives you concentrated amount of valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, to name a few.
How do we test for Nutrient Density?
One way we use diligently is a refractometer to test Brix levels. For years followers of Dr. Carey Reams’ method of agronomy have boldly declared that the brix reading is the snapshot picture of nutrient density. Dr. Reams frequently stated: “An increase in brix is an increase in carbohydrates and mineral density while a decrease in brix is a decrease in carbohydrates and mineral density. Also a higher brix reading will yield a superior flavor that will speak for itself.
Enviromental Farm Plan:
Farmers who have an Environmental Farm Plan are serious about learning how to reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment. Campbell Valley Farms is proud to be participating and an approved EFP Farm.