|Scenes from the Farm|
|Above: Taking advantage of a natural depression in the soil, our pond is fed with water from the adjacent irrigation ditch. In times of peak water use, water from this pond is used to irrigate the crops at the Delta Farm.|
|The alluvial soil of the Dungeness River Delta is perfect for food production. It is flat and sandy, laid down over centuries of flooding, and it drains easily. It is rich in minerals and biological matter, essential to healthy crops. Healthy soil has about 4% organic matter, and maintaining at least that much organic matter is critical to supplying crops with abundant nitrogen for growth. By adding compost and utilizing cover cropping between food production cycles, we allow the soil to keep its natural balance.|
The Dungeness River borders the main field of the farm along its western edge. During the 1960s, the Army Corps of Engineers built a dike to prevent flooding.
|Built in 1995, the
green shed (left) has become the center of many activities. We do all the washing,
sorting, storing, and packaging here. We also use it for displays, music, and socializing
during Farm Days!
Tomatoes (right) live in their own individual plastic greenhouses to protect them against the wind and cool nights until early July.
|Our organic basil is a
very popular with our customers. It is originally from the Mediterranean, and loves
heat and moisture. It does very well in one of our greenhouses (right).
We raise broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, celery, and flower starts in the greenhouses for transplanting into the fields in May or June.
|At left, some of the pigs root through an old Brussels sprouts field. Not only do they get good organic vegetables to supplement their organic grain diet, but the field's soil is well-worked and aereated. The farm also raises its own organic barley to feed the pigs and chickens.|
|The large New Holland tractor on the right sits in the barn on the Delta Farm. The plaques on the barn side show the names of the many donors to the PCC Farmland Fund that helped to save the Delta Farm from development.|
|At our farm, we sell
organic apple cider vinegar (left), made from apples we have either grown ourselves, or
have been grown in the Sequim Valley in other organic orchards.
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