In order to protect the land, environment, and human health, Allen Farms has always been, and will continue to remain certified organic.
Deb has always been a firm believer in healthy living and environmental prosperity so she started growing organically and continues to do so 25 years later. With her newborn children around the farm and produce, Deb did not want to expose them to the various chemicals and harmful side effects that are associated with traditional farming practices so she went organic.
Allen Farms believes that the key to robust produce derives from obtaining and maintaining proper soil nutrition. In order to organically maintain adequate levels of soil nutrition, we continuously rotate our crops, use cover crops, and we make our own compost! We recycle our onsite farm products to sustain our compost production, which we established at the start of the farm for use in our potted plants, greenhouses, and field production. Another farm practice is experimenting with various varieties of cover crops in order to enhance our soils fertility.
One of the most challenging parts of being organic is controlling pests and diseases. Throughout the years we encounter destructive species such as aphids, flea beetles, and deer. To control these pests, we implement an array of natural antidotes such as realeasing beneficial insects into the greenhouses and fields, using remay to cover crops, companion planting, and deer fencing. If its not for the pests, there is always the chance of encountering diseases such as leaf spot, blight and powdery mildew. To minimize the risk of disease, we give our plants an ample amount of space when planted, try to time our planting and cultivating properly, rotate our crops, and strategically plant varieties near one another.