The soil at Stahlbush Island Farms is alive with sunshine and rain and living organisms. Soil is the lifeblood of the farm. We know the only way we can truly be sustainable farmers is to make the soil healthier through our farming methods year after year. At Stahlbush, we use conservation tillage to reduce erosion and increase the organic matter, cover crops to return nitrogen to the soil, annual soil tests to guide our crop-specific nutrient management programs and rubber tracks or wide tires wherever possible to reduce soil compaction.
As in the human body, a capillary system exists in the soil to move water and nutrients throughout. We work to develop farming practices that leave this system as undisturbed as possible, because healthy soil makes healthy plants that are better equipped to fight off pests like fungus, insects and disease.