Our Farm Practices
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The plant debris left in the field from the previous crop adds organic material to the soil which helps maintain good soil structure, aeration, and water penetration. It also provides food for micro-organisms.
As you can see in this picture, we plant a new crop right into the field without tilling or plowing it first.
Along with holding nitrogen in the soil longer, cover crops have allowed us to build the organic matter in the soil and help control weeds from the time we harvest in the summer and fall until the following spring.
Blight Farms received its first MAEAP verification in 2006! Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program or MAEAP is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and confirms the implementation of agricultural pollution prevention practices on a farm. MAEAP is a voluntary program that encourages land stewardship and seeks to identify and decrease environmental risks by the ag industry. In order to maintain verified status, farms must continue following MAEAP guidelines even after the initial verifications has been reached. For more details regarding MAEAP please visit the MDARD website.