Terroir at Deep River Farms
Terroir is a term that has long been used by wine growers worldwide to describe the growth of grapes in wine vineyards around the world from region to region. Since ancient times in Europe in France and in Italy, terroir has been described as the relationship between the character, the quality, and the personality of the “vintage” of wine that has been made from the grapes grown and is dependent on the climate, the weather, and the environmental nutrients of each season. The Farmers at Deep River Farms have applied this philosophy of terroir to our organic growth practices for growing vegetables here at our farm in Deep River, CT. This is a great platform for the foundation of the organic agricultural experience at Deep River Farms, where our foundation is based on the relationship between the people, the earth, and our organic food sources.
Soil Organic Matter and Soil Health
At Deep River Farms, our farmers value the health of the soil in support of the health and terroir of our organically- grown vegetables. Organic growth depends in a large part on the abundance of nutrients in the soil from Soil Organic Matter (SOM) and microbes that facilitate the healthy growth of crops from year to year. Soil Organic Matter is very nutrient-dense soil, usually topsoil that contains well-decomposed residues of organic biomass and often contains a great level of healthy microbes. The health of the vegetables is a result of the health of our fields and the efforts that we make to keep our organic fields healthy and nutrient-rich. Our farmers believe in organic and sustainable soil management including land management strategies to decrease soil erosion (as the soil is not a very renewable resource), and to protect water resources.
There are several components of the soil that are important to supporting healthy organic vegetable growth. The essential elements: carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, are important to the success of the growing season—without any one of these essential elements present in the soil, the result would be severe limitations of crop yield. The following primary macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium) and primary micronutrients (iron, manganese, zinc, copper, boron, molybdenum, chlorine, and nickel) further support the health and development of our organically-grown vegetables and our farmers prioritize perfecting the science of agriculture to have the healthiest land, best terroir, and the best-tasting organically grown produce in Connecticut.
For more information about soil health and agriculture, please visit: https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/soil-the-foundation-of-agriculture-84224268
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