We are so excited by our Cover project and we’ve noticed that within the soil health movement, much of the information on soil health has been geared toward bigger operations. The USDA-NRCS in South Carolina wanted us to partner with farmers who didn’t exactly fit the mold of a big operator, but were primarily small, minority farmers or vegetable/truck crop farmers.
In this project, we partnered with a diverse group of farmers (row crop, vegetable, cattle, conventional, organic, you name it!) who have agreed to cover up to five acres (hence the name Cover5) of their land in cover crops for the next 3 years between their normal cash crop rotation. In the Fall of 2017, we met with 9 farmers who successfully planted cool season cover crops (we got to them really late in November) and many of them were so impressed with cover that they followed it up with a warm season cover on the same land! Watch and read as we followed these producers over three years and share their stories through blogs and video as we watched how their soils and their mindsets change over the duration of the project!
Farmer, XYZ Farms