Ken Laing and Brett Israel answer questions about their involvement in the Living Lab – Ontario initiative, what it’s been like so far, and what they hope to accomplish with their research.
This is the second season of Ken Laing’s No-Till Vegetable Trials, and the first year they’ve been run as part of Living Lab – Ontario. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening so far in 2021.
As a collaborator on the Living Lab – Ontario initiative, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) is one of 10 partners who will facilitate on-farm research trials focused on reduced tillage and continuous cover. EFAO will support two trials, one in organic field crop production and one in organic vegetable production.
Encouraged by the success of hand planted no-till garlic into winter killed sorghum-sudangrass this past season, read about how Ken tried to mechanize the process using a no-till transplanter for their 2021 crop.
Read the story of a farm’s evolution across three generations of family farmers, from conventional to organic production.
Growing cover crops so that they provide enough residue to suppress weeds for organic vegetable production requires planning!