ORGANIC, HOMEGROWN: Our Methods

All of County Rail Farm produce is Montana Homegrown as well as certified organic. Most importantly, we believe that good farming means healthy soil and healthy soil means healthy vegetables. Our farming practices cater to the longevity and sustainability of the land, and that’s what matters (not our certification). A little more about our methods:

When vegetables and other plants grow in the ground and then are removed (for eating!), they take with them nutrients that they used to grow big and delicious out of the soil. County Rail Farm farms the land so that those nutrients are returned to the soil for the next crop and in ways that protect and nurture the other plants, animals, and microorganisms that surround and reside on our farm. We use only natural materials, such as compost made on our property, our own goat and chicken manure, and local bison manure to put nutrients back in our soil. We seed white clover in strips between our beds to supply extra nitrogen and organic matter to our vegetables. And we don’t use the land to its full capacity every year. Instead, we let the soil rest every four years with a cover crop and we’re experimenting with no-till planting for some crops. This ensures that we don’t remove too many nutrients or work the soil too hard – we want all of those little bugs and worms and spiders and rhizomes to be as happy as they can be.

We use methods of pest and weed management that are certified organic and all of our pest and weed management is sustainable and chemical free.

If you have questions about the way we farm, what we plant, how we manage our land, or anything else, please let us know! We’d love to show you the farm and exactly how we do what we do.

Here’s where it all begins. Our favorite seed companies:
High Mowing Seeds – Wolcott, VT
Turtle Tree Seed (biodynamic) – Copake, NY
Fedco Seeds – Waterville, ME
Johnny’s Selected Seeds – Winslow, ME

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