Bio-diversity that is.
Stone Barns Center (SBC we’ll call it – I don’t think they do…) works hard to keep the land natural. Therefore, a huge amount of their land is actually woodland because that is the typical habitat in Pocantico Hills, New York. While this means less room for growing veggies and raising animals, it helps maintain the biodiversity, which means the farm produces healthier, more nutritious food.
Another part of promoting biodiversity is a 7-year crop rotation program. They rotate the crops in each field each year to maintain the soil’s nutrient content (planting milky oats and clover also helps with this) and to keep pests off the plants. It’s harder for the pests to find the crops they like when the crops keep moving!
Ladybugs are another form of pest control! They are higher on the food chain than the pests that often plague farms and keep the pest levels in check.
Birds and bees offer another form of biodiversity – pollination. Plus, the bees in the apiary provide the farm with honey. While some bee-growers take all of the honey away from the bees and feed them sugar water instead, SBC leaves enough honey for the bees to eat. This is better for the bees and better for the honey you get to eat as a result (taste and nutrition-wise). Continue reading “Stone Barns Center – Dedicated to Diversity”