Green Manure: Plants and Benefits
Biodynamic farmer Jeff Poppen walks us through one of his large production fields in early spring that’s covered in green manure crops. He shares information about the plants used, and how each one benefits the soil health.
- The burrowing and feeding activity of earthworms have many positive effects on soil quality for crop production. Water infiltration, soil aeration, soil organic matter and the beneficial microbe population all improve with an earthworm population.
Jeff says his parents loved growing plants on their Illinois farm, and he credits them for his passion for growing. He’s made his living growing the best organic vegetables he can. Jeff acknowledges he has learned through experience over four decades. He is also an avid student of old-time farming methods, the way folks grew stuff before all of the chemicals in farming. He is compelled to try and shorten the learning curve for other gardeners. Jeff adds, “My wish is that my love for growing organically inspires others.”