Our mission is to farm in a way that improves soil health, protects water quality, and keeps our community healthy and happy. We are committed to and experienced with Integrated Pest Management, which means that we use many tools to manage pests and diseases that minimize the need for spraying pesticides. Those tools include encouraging beneficial insects, choosing disease-resistant hop varieties, plant spacing that promotes good airflow, maintaining proper soil moisture, crowning, weeding, and disease forecasting based on weather models. When we do use sprays, we use products that we have researched thoroughly for their safety and effectiveness. Hops are a perennial crop, and the same plant can yield consistently for 20+ years. Between the hops and the corridors planted with grasses, most of our land will be in perennial vegetation, which helps build organic matter, prevents soil compaction, and supports more diverse soil ecology and insect populations. This is a topic that we care deeply about - please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like to learn more!