Practicing intensive growing methods, we plant triticale, hairy vetch and kodiak mustard for cover crops, tilling them under to build the soil every year. We incorporate various manures, bone and blood meal, and fish emulsion in our fertilizer program. Vermicompost tea is applied regularly to aid in strengthening the plant health . For weed control we utilize black plastic, and we are well practiced at hand weeding and hoeing. All pesticides and insecticides we apply are included on the OMRI (Organic materials review institute) list.