Cover Crops

We incorporate cover crops and green manures into our farm plan and rotations to build beneficial levels of organic matter and humus in our soil. Green manure or "plow down” crops can add substantial amounts of biomass or organic matter to the soil. Legumes provide essential nitrogen. As this matter feeds the soil organisms, they in turn break down the organic matter and release a wealth of nutrients to feed the next crop. Cover crops protect against erosion, holding together all that precious topsoil that we have worked hard to build up. Here is a selection of the basic green manure and cover crops that we use.