The Whole Earth Garden
We call it a “Whole Earth” garden because we leave the earth whole. When we started the farm, we dug (first by hand, then, much faster, with a tractor) permanent garden beds. Since then, we have done our best to leave the soil intact. Instead of tilling, after a crop finishes, we chop off stems and leave the roots in the ground, to slowly decompose, and feed soil fungi.
As we grow diverse crops and occasionally add compost and natural minerals (like oyster shell and azomite) to the garden, it becomes more and more vibrant. Microbes flourish — the fungi in the soil develop intricate webs of mycelium, which efficiently transfer nutrients to plants as needed, and minimize plant disease. Soil carbon increases. Each harvest becomes more bountiful than the last.
Another reason we call it a “Whole Earth” garden is because this type of farming has the potential to help the whole earth heal. We are learning that more carbon dioxide has been released by soil tillage than by all the oil ever burned. Luckily, we can reverse that process — and grow delicious food in the process.
Our garden is also a growing haven of biodiversity. We plant perennial hedgerows with species such as lavender, elderberry, and goji, to create habitat for pollinator and predator insects, who increase productivity and eat the bad bugs (like aphids).
When you choose to eat produce from the Whole Earth garden at Spoon Full Farm, you support a food system that needs no poison — we can grow all the food we need by helping more life to flourish, not less.
The best way to feed your family with fresh, vital, seasonal bounty from the earth is with a Spoon Full CSA. You can learn more and sign up here.