Salt & Pepper Farm

The District provided a cost share grant to the Salt & Pepper Farm to pilot a three-year cover crop project. Cover crops reduce polluted (phosphorus) runoff, improve moister retention in soils and reduce fertilizer use. Since approvalĀ of this project, and following the completion of the first season of cover crop, the owners requested the grant be used to help transition to certified organic farming, which takes four years. The District approved this request. Instead of a cover crop, the owners will now plant hay and either graze the land or cut the hay in summer. The hay will serve as a perennial crop. The revised project more than fulfills the intent of the original contract to reduce phosphorous by preventing erosion. It will also help the District understand the potential of organic farming and serve as a model project.