We're participating in a research project that is measuring soil health on farms in our region. By closely monitoring the health of our soil over time, we're learning how we can continuously improve our farming methods to leave our land better than we found it. Take a look at our farm's results.
The soil from our farms got high marks from a study conducted last year by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Compared with the average farm, the Henry Got Crops and Mort Brooks soil was significantly healthier and contained more than twice the level of organic matter. The one area in which both scored lower than the typical farm — the number of days of living cover — is due to the fact that our farms often have harvestable crops in the ground into December, which makes it impossible to plant a cover crop early in the fall, according to Farm Manager Nina Berryman.