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Farm Shorts: Singing Frogs Farm

By: Kala Philo

Sept. 19, 2013

Farm Shorts: Singing Frogs Farm

Sonoma—Sebastopol

At Singing Frogs Farm we are expanding our riparian corridors.  In addition to increasing the quality and area of habitat around our seasonal and permanent ponds, we are introducing native habitat hedgerows around the borders of and within our fields.

 


 


Our best practices in farming:

  1. Rely on springs and surface runoff for our irrigation rather than on deep, ancient aquifers beneath our land.
  2. Uphold or exceed all principles of organic farming, though we are not certified organic, and we are moving to no-till or low-till farming techniques to reduce the amount of soil disturbance and potential erosion due to wind or rain.
  3. Use our sheep and chickens to perform rotational pasture grazing which mimics the impact of the daily and seasonal migration of wild ruminants.
  4. Established bird, owl and bat boxes, we maintain debris piles for quail, we are installing native bee nesting/burrowing sites and have domesticated honey bee hives, and we have a policy to not disturb areas where snakes, salamanders or nesting turtles have been seen.
  5. Produce almost 300 cubic yards of our own compost every year from our own crop residues and livestock waste. Everything from the soil - back to the soil.

 

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