Growing/Production Practices: We moved in March 2020 from 5 acres on the Key Peninsula to 2.5 acres in Port Orchard. I grow produce in raised beds. I use organic methods, although I am not certified. I have been known to use slug bait on the rare occasion. I raise goats and chickens as well as harvest my bunny poo which is used as compost in the fall. I rely on hand picking insects or using a soapy water when necessary. I also use DE at times (mostly with the chickens) When necessary, I worm my goats with standard horse wormer. I have mason bees to assist with early pollination. I have a glass greenhouse too. My website address: maplebrookfarm.wpcomstaging.com
Environmental Stewardship: I worked with Kitsap Conservation to install 2 - 560 gallon water cisterns. The cisterns are filled from our barn roof gutters and the water will be used in a drip water system in my orchard and a few of the raised beds. As I stated above, I very rarely use poison anywhere near my food crops. I provide homes for mason bees and birds. All of my livestock waste is composted and used in my beds. We do not have wetlands on our property but are keenly aware of pollution of any kind getting into our waterways. We try to stay at peace with predators and help them choose to hunt elsewhere, for example: an automatic chicken door that opens at dawn and closes at dusk, perimeter fencing and cross fencing. cameras and lights, and finally we raise English Shepherds who encourage predators to move on to easier prey.