Farming Practices


Fertilizer

We grow our own compost at Mike Hewett's Farm. Manure from our poultry is composted with kitchen scraps, hay, pine needles, leaves, and pine shavings to create all of the fertilizer we need to grow our fruits and vegetables. Additionally, we mulch our fruit bushes and trees. This mulch slowly decomposes to provide nutrients for those plants.


Pest Control

The approach taken at Mike Hewett's Farm to control pests is multi-faceted. The presence of hedgerows and woodpiles provides homes for beneficial insects. The rows of mature trees which are interspersed throughout the farm offer habitat for birds. While living in the trees, the birds eat insects which may be harmful to certain plants. Last, organic sprays such as neem oil are used only on the most vulnerable plants, such as summer squash or leafy greens.


Crop Rotations

In each growing area, crops are rotated multiple times in each growing area. During the winter, cover crops are planted or mulch is dispersed upon exposed soil. Rotating crops reduces pest and disease pressure, especially for summer squash.




Garden Maintenance

All growing areas are maintained through mulches and hand weeding. The mulches suppress weed growth while the hand weeding, primarily completed by using a stirrup hoe, eliminates weed seed which has already germinated. No chemical herbicides are used on the farm.




Bees

At Mike Hewett's Farm, we greatly appreciate the diligence and hard work which bees display while pollinating the garden. We encourage their presence by providing beneficial habitat. We also offer a variety of food sources such as flowers which are strategically located throughout the farm.