All You Need To Know About Soil Compaction

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  1. Reading about farming makes things like cover crops and crop rotation so simple, you wonder why it’s ever done poorly. Then you actually try farming and get hung up on things like plowing your winter cover crop under during a wet spring and realize it’s a lot harder than you expected.

    The only way it can be done is to get people back on the land. Though, it doesn’t seem too likely from the comments on this article Nicolette Hahn Niman wrote for the Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/10/farms-need-people-not-machines/246944/

    Oxen and horses are a pretty great alternative still used successfully by our Amish neighbors. Of course they come with their own set of drawbacks and challenges, but it’s nice to see a growing number of small farmers exploring animals as an option.

    1. The use of farm animals is such a fascinating topic! I read about it recently when I perused the writings of Wendell Berry – he is an advocate for turning to the Amish to learn about well-managed, sustainable farm management as well. The article you linked to looks really interesting as well. Thanks for your input!

  2. Wow this is an incredibly helpful post. My garden this year is mostly clay, so compaction is a major concern that I didn’t fully understand the whys and hows of. Thanks so much for sharing this level and detail of information. It’s much appreciated!!

    Jackie, I couldn’t agree more! Well said. : )

    1. Yay, I’m happy this helped! It’s always great for me to have a reason to do some research as well (feels less like an evening lost on Wikipedia, haha). You can get lost in the details though… šŸ˜‰

  3. Having followed your blog because I’m interested in food waste, the obesity crisis, and just love food myself- I’m happy that I can learn deeper through your posts about other topics, e.g. the details in agriculture and food production, that I never spent too much time thinking about. Great work for getting these cognitive wheels going

    1. Yay I am glad it’s helpful for you! For me it’s just the same – I am a huge city girl but at least that means there is a lot of room to improve my understanding of agricultural issues šŸ˜‰

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