Peninsula Pride Farms has zeroed in on a number of best management practices that we support, including through cost sharing with members:
- Cover crops: A year-round growing crop takes up nitrogen and prevents it from leaching through the soil and down to ground water.
- Split nitrogen application: Smaller amounts of nitrogen applied to fields more frequently are less likely to penetrate below the growing crop zone.
- Harvestable buffers around sinkholes: We understand the potential for sinkholes to transport contaminants directly to the aquifer. These buffers serve as filters that capture nutrients and sediment.
- Measuring depth of soil to bedrock: It is important for a farmer to know the locations of the most sensitive areas of the fields so practices can be adjusted.
People can learn bout some of the positive efforts farmers are undertaking through QR codes.
It is a set of signs that farmers can place along the edge of their fields. Each sign is embedded with a QR code that can be customized.
“We can design it to tell a little story about the farm, the cover-crop concept, the buffering process or whatever we’re doing in this specific field,” Nysse said. “It gives more information to the individual walking by. We’re really good at doing our jobs, but we’re not good at broadcasting what we’re doing. So, this is an attempt to put some hardware out there to show what we’re up to.”