Growing our Farmers!
HAFA is working hard to support our farmers who want to improve agricultural practices. Over the past few years, we have held workshops on soil health, good agricultural practice (GAP), food safety protocols, business development, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In the spring, we purchased hundreds of pounds of DiPel, an organically certified pesticide made from a naturally occurring bacteria, for our farmers to try. We created a bilingual instruction sheet and held one-to-one tutorials with our members to teach them how to safety apply the product.
Since acquiring the HAFA Farm in 2013, we have begun implementing numerous sustainable agricultural practices such as composting, succession planting, installing grass roadways, laying down erosion blankets, planting waterway pollinator habitat, and restoring oak savanna. We are also keeping bees, executing a whole farm pollinator plan and conducting a multi-year cover crop research project to study the effects of various cover crops on water and soil health.
We are committed to building healthy farms that take into consideration soil and water quality, biodiversity, farmer and consumer health, and economic sustainability. With your generous support, we can continue our trainings, enriching the knowledge of our farmers, ensuring food safety , and strengthening our local food systems. Your support will help us continue our work, growing our farmers and enriching our community.