We have been working with a team of experienced growers to learn how they are successfully implementing permanent beds on their own farm. See the diversity of permanent bed systems and read their farm stories to learn more. These practices are informing our own research in permanent beds.
Laughing Stock Farm – Freeport, ME
Lisa and Ralph Turner’s 15 acre farm uses permanent beds with shallow tillage combined with subsoiling. Their permanent beds helped improve drainage after excessive rainfall events and they have built custom equipment to reduce the number of passes for bed preparation.
Read more about Laughing Stock Farm in the Spring 2016 issue of Small Farm Quarterly.
Four Winds Farm – Gardiner, NY
Jay and Polly Armour own 4 acres of permanent beds under continuous no-till using compost mulch methods. High-quality compost is made on the farm using innovative techniques and applied to control weeds and improve soils.
Read more about Four Winds Farm in the Spring 2016 issue of Small Farm Quarterly.
Lou Johns (former owner) built and operated this 13-acre organic farm, which is managed completely under permanent tilled beds separated by mowed grass alleys. Pathways provide continuous soil cover that bring multiple benefits, including stabilizing soil, adding organic matter and managing the flow of water. Beds are managed with custom equipment and tools to maintain the pathway edge.
Read more about Blue Heron Farm in the Summer 2016 issue of Small Farm Quarterly.
Seeds of Solidarity – Orange, MA
Rick Baruc uses continuous no-till methods with heavy mulching, including cardboard and hay/straw, and pre-plant tarps for soil cover. Practices are employed without mechanized equipment and are designed to control weeds, build soil organic matter and promote soil biological activity.
Read more about Seeds of Solidarity in the Fall 2016 issue of Small Farm Quarterly.