Food quality is directly connected to the health of the soil in which it is grown. We see our farm as a whole living system, where it's elements work together to build and maintain soil fertility. Through a careful program of balanced crop rotation, composting and cover cropping system, we are farming for future generations! Today I received my shipment of buckwheat for a green manure crop in one of our plots, which prompted this post!! The buckwheat grows very quickly and will flower in about a month providing some great food for our bees, then we will till it in and plant our fall crops. We will also cover crop some of the bare walkways between the rows with white clover and plant clover mixes in the areas where the chickens have finished grazing. This year we will also be offering composting buckets to all our members to be able to return peelings and vegetable scraps, etc, which will further contribute to soil health. These are just a few of the things that we can do to give back and keep improving what comes from our farm.