We celebrated Earth Day yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that. Oh, and tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow. You get the picture, right? Every day is earth day on the farm. Literally every decision made has the next year, and the next decade, in mind. Every pesticide sprayed, every crop planted, all matter not just for next crop’s (hopeful) high yield and profit per acre, but what’s next to plant.
As I took some pictures yesterday, my focus was grabbing a cute shot of Uncle Amos and baby Jude. But as I look at it today on Earth Day, it’s amazing to see all that is happening in this one picture.
Planting alfalfa in between the rows:
- Prevents topsoil erosion
- Increases organic matter in the soil
- Prevents soil compaction
- Provides a return on investment for us while we wait for the trees to produce hazelnuts as we sell the alfalfa to a local dairy.
And the trees! As trees grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the air, store carbon in the trees and soil, and release oxygen into the atmosphere.
Farmers, ranchers and foresters are the original environmentalists and live off of the land literally – believe me when I say our top priority is taking care of our most precious resources.
Happy Earth Day from farmers, ranchers and foresters all over working to provide food and fiber for us all!
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