Q&A Part 1 With Local Albany, Oregon Sustainable Farmer
Planet Matters Blog Question (1): How are decisions made as to where crops are planted? Besides the obvious, like starters beginning in green houses, or working with the sunlight, how does the family organize things over the many acres of land?
Deep Roots Farm Answer: “Next season’s plan is always in the back of our minds as we are planting crops for our current season. Crop location is mainly determined by what was previously growing in a given location, as we try to always rotate into a different type of crop (e.g. this year’s tomato field may be planted to spring peas, and then to strawberries in mid-summer).”
(cont’d). “Rotation of multiple varieties of crops through a given location helps prevent disease and pest pressures from building up over time. Because our farms could be considered gently rolling hills, other factors may come into play—north facing slopes that are known “frost pockets,” or low sections of ground that are particularly wet—these spaces may only be planted to main-season (summer) crops.”
Planet Matters Blog Question (2): As far as you can tell, is farming healthy or struggling in the region? Maybe you have an example of a neighbor farm with a great story like your own, or a bit of your own history that illustrates a turning point when success and sustainability became the norm.
Deep Roots Farm Answer: “I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I think farmers of any size are struggling everywhere, most of the time.”
STAY TUNED NEXT TUESDAY FOR PART 2 OF THIS INTERVIEW, WHERE WE TALK ABOUT WHAT DEEP ROOTS FARM WAS BEFORE IT WAS A FARM, AND HOW THE FAMILY IS AFFECTED BY LIFE ON THE FARM.
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