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As stewards of our farm’s land, we aim to explore the ideals of sustainability and community in the most practical, hands-on way we know: by sharing the farm’s bounty while honoring its limits.

The recognition of such limits naturally includes a commitment to organic methods of crop and soil management. To maximize soil productivity and minimize the use of costly inputs, we practice a ten-year rotation of garden plots. Composted animal manures are the farm’s primary source of fertility; we also use a small amount of fish and kelp fertilizer, and a few organically-approved pesticides.

In an age of global climate change, stewardship of forest and grasslands is an increasingly important part of Three Springs Farm’s mission. The farm’s health depends upon a high ratio of pasture, hay meadows, and woodlands to tilled croplands - in fact, the tilled area of the farm comprises less than 1 percent of the farm’s total acreage. This means greater biodiversity, minimized soil erosion, a cleaner, more efficient watershed - and a significant capturing of atmospheric carbon. Supporters of the farm are therefore investors in more than just good food - they are crucial helpers in the survival of a healthy ecosystem.

Many of us have become aware in recent years of the dangers of pesticide-laden foods, which have resulted in a boom in the organic industry. This has led some consumers to purchase organic-labeled foods that have been shipped thousands of miles before arriving at their tables. Clearly, this fossil-fuel-intensive approach does not enhance environmental quality for future generations. The “organic” label is an assurance of healthy growing practices, yet the USDA’s organic certification program involves daunting paperwork and fees for small farmers, and many non-certified farms are deeply committed to traditional organic practices. After much deliberation, we at Three Springs have opted against certification, which enables us to pass cost savings on to our customers.