Our Process

Plant

We carefully plant and transplant specific varieties of crops, based on quality and taste. Based on the individual crop, seeds are planted approximately ¼ to ½ inch deep. We mechanically plant seeds very slowly and meticulously to ensure the necessary depths and placements. Our tractor operator manually sets the tractor settings for each crop and verifies all settings by hand, measuring that the seed depth and spacing is correct.

Compost

Through natural compost, crop rotation and a very methodical crop protection program, we’re able to limit the use of pesticides and fertilizers. One of the most critical steps in our farming process is improving the soil conditions. This is managed and maintained through the use of natural compost and microorganisms, which provide the ground with what it needs to sustain the entire duration of the crop. Basically we are actively trying to improve the condition of our soil, keeping it healthy for successful crop growth.

Crop Rotation

Because we grow many crop variations, each requires unique nutrients and care, therefore crop rotation is crucial at Gwillimdale Farms. We rotate our crops to keep nutrient levels where they should be for rich, nutrient soil. Vegetables are prone to many diseases and insects, so it’s imperative all crops are rotated. Proper rotation assists in preventing disease cycles from occurring. Conventional growers use synthetic chemicals that organic growers are banned from using, and for a good reason. We use biological controls instead, and naturally extracted minerals to assist us in our growing process. We spray minerals like copper with an electrostatic sprayer to help stop diseases such as mildew growth. All plants have a negative charge and our electrostatic sprayers change the spray modules with a positive charge, thereby acting like a magnet to the plant.

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