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Why veganic?

Veganic (a contraction of the terms "vegan" and "organic") is used to describe farming methods that eschew the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, as well as any animal products or by-products. 

The importance of organic agriculture is now well known. By growing organically, we avoid the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which are commonplace on conventional farms. Chemical fertilizers create an overabundance of certain nutrients, polluting our waterways. Chemical pesticides also take their toll, persisting in soil and water, killing and harming native flora and fauna, and wreaking havoc on human health.

The vegan part of the veganic equation means that in addition to eating a plant-based diet, we further reduce our support for animal agriculture by maintaining soil health without the use of domesticated animal manures, blood/bone/feather meal, fish emulsion, or other animal products. This equates to veganic farms causing less animal suffering, using less land space, and producing fewer greenhouse gases than organic farms.

So veganic farms bring the organic and vegan concepts together, forming an agricultural method that minimizes harm to the environment, animals, and human health.

Why no-till?

No-till farming methods reduce negative impacts on soil health as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, by not tilling the soil, we can:

  • Reduce soil erosion

  • Minimize disturbance to beneficial soil microbes and mycorrhizal (fungal) networks

  • Reduce the loss of carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients from the soil

  • Help soil retain water better

  • Achieve looser, less compacted soil in the long run

  • Reduce our carbon footprint using hand tools, such as the broadfork, which gently loosen soil with minimal disturbance

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Recommended Readings & Resources

Stay tuned for opportunities to learn more about our veganic, no-till growing methods. In the meantime, if you're interested in growing your own sustainable foods, here are some related books I highly recommend you check out:

  • How to Grow More Vegetables, by John Jeavons

  • The Humanure Handbook, by Joseph Jenkins

  • Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening, by Will Bonsall

  • The Veganic Growers Handbook, by Jimmy Videle

  • Growing Green, by Iain Tolhurst

​Veganic resources available on the web:

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