As 2023 begins, new opportunities abound to balance farming and climate considerations. Grower Direct Farms uses environmentally friendly tools and practices that yield excellent results for our crops without burdening our surroundings. The following are sustainable farming practices to look out for in 2023, the majority of which we uphold at Grower Direct Farms.
Farming and Climate: Use High Tunnels
High tunnels are looping structures that go over a set amount of crops or varieties. They look like tunnels but provide practical benefits as well. Some main benefits include extending a growing season beyond what climate typically allows. These tunnels also offer protection from harsh elements to prolong crop yield and life. Greenhouses can be an example of these tunnels, especially when environmentally conscious heating choices are applied. For example, GDF uses greenhouses to promote crop growth with no carbon footprint.
Implement No-Till Farming
No-till sustainable practices reduce the amount of soil destroyed during the agricultural process. This ensures future growth in soil that is healthy and receptive. Simple solutions like drip irrigation systems, like those at Grower Direct Farms, help promote robust soil growth and yield the highest quality and healthiest crops. All of this was done without impact on the ground and soil. Automation makes it easy to make these changes on your farm in 2023.
Protect And Conserve Water Supply
Water is essential to sustain life on Earth, and that is evident all around us. A key component of sustainable farming practices depends on the water we do have to maximize and extend its impact. Water conservation is one of the key ways that Grower Direct Farms works to farm with environmental intentionality. There are specific methods that you can use to conserve water supply. The first is drip irrigation, mentioned above. Other options that GDF uses include monitored booms and flood floor systems. These provide fields and growing areas with enough water to yield excellent crops without waste.
Gone are the days of overreliance on harmful pesticides and other products. In 2023, you can choose from many organic products to promote crop growth at home or on an industrial scale. Grower Direct Farms leads this practice by incorporating beneficial insects into our growing process. This reduces the need for additional products and provides exceptional results. Implementing beneficial insects is a prime example of sustainable farming practice.
The relationship between farming and climate must be kept in mind when choosing and growing crops. Special attention can be made to ensure the best results even in the midst of volatile climate-related patterns. One way to do this is to maintain and follow up on crop rotation practices. Crop rotation reduces your dependence on specific products, which proves helpful in the face of climate adjustments. It is also simple to start and maintain.
Grower Direct Farms uses innovative and sustainable solutions to grow top-quality crops, flowers, and other products in Somers, CT. Contact us today to get started.