Field Day: Low Tillage Market Gardening at Ravine Creek Farm
Wednesday, August 31
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ravine Creek organic vegetable farm in the Slocan Valley has been practicing low tillage farming for a decade to manage weeds, build soil and retain moisture. In 2019 they began the process of transitioning to no-till. As of the 2021 season, 75% of their production area has been moved to a no-till permanent bed system. They are trialling a variety of no-till techniques, including; high-carbon deep compost mulch, various cellulose based mulches such as straw, hay and wood chips, and expanded use of cover crops for grown-in-place mulches. Farm owners Alys and Eric will share their experiences about how they have been able to reduce the use of plastics for weed control on the 2 acre farm by closely managing and maintaining their cultivated areas. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow producers and hear from experienced market gardeners about how to maximize production, build soil, and control weeds.
First field day: May 18: setting up for success, farm planning and key principles of low tillage (PAST – see photos below)
Second field day: August 31: view the results of the low tillage system and weed control