Farm insights: keeping the soil covered

One of the key differences between our farm and other conventional vegetable farms is that the soil remains covered throughout the year. Vegetables are left to flower along with other naturally occurring flowering weeds and grasses. Here the fennel tops, White Campion, Shepherd's Purse and myriad of other plants provide natural food and habitat for insects, small birds and mammals. As these plants decay, they also provide food for the soil while creating structure, so reducing soil erosion. The farm is teaming with wildlife, and the soil is nurtured.