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Organic Farming in North Carolina

Timberwood Organics Farm sprinklers

In 1992 Timberwood Organics was certified as an organic operation through Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Currently we are certified through QCS (Quality Certification Services), and agency accredited by the USDA under the National Organic Program (NOP). This certification is renewed yearly to ensure strict organic practices at the farm.

To improve the soil and discourage diseases and insects, our farming method utilizes a variety of techniques that have stood the tests of time:

Fertilization

In addition to cover crops and crop rotation, we also fertilize and improve our soil with compost, rock minerals and use foliar sprays of kelp, other trace minerals plus different plant extracts.


Eight year crop rotation

This means that no crop of the same family will be grown in the same field for 8 years. This practice does two things:

  • Because plants have different depths of roots, it enables the utilization of soil nutrient at different levels.
  • Crop rotation is also used to discourage insects and soil borne diseases.

Cover crops

On most of our fields we plant two cover crops per year. This adds biomass that feeds microorganisms and earthworms, which improves the soil texture, allowing the soil to hold moisture. Cover crops also capture some of the most important fertilizers from the air, and with the help of microorganisms, make it available in the soil for the next crop to utilize.


Intensive production

We use the European method of intense production on a minimum area, growing better in place of bigger, thus producing an average of 15 tons of produce per year on an area that didn't exceeded 5 acres in 11 years* of seasonal productions.

NOTE: *In 2003 an additional 10 acres was added to the farm. This was to allow for better management of cover crops.

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