Biennial Report 2018-2019 - Page 6

Coverdale Farm Preserve ~ Growing Forward with Nature Master Plan Phase 1 Implementation Since 2018, DelNature began Phase 1 of the implementation of our Coverdale Master Plan with a vision to build an integrated regenerative farm that works with nature to improve soil health, protect water and critical wildlife habitat all while producing healthy food for our community. In the fall of 2018, DelNature completed a Business Plan. Then, in summer of 2019, we completed an Operations Plan with consultant, Ground Plan Studio, laying the foundation for the implementation priorities of Phase 1. Coverdale Master Plan Phase 1 Implementation projects and priorities: • Capital and Infrastructure Improvements to the Grazing Program • Converting the Vegetable Production Fields to Biointensive Organic Methods • Capital and Infrastructure Improvements to the Vegetable Production Program • Capacity Building – Hiring and Training New Farmers in Regenerative Farming Methods The 2019 growing season instituted new farming processes and systems that were not without challenges. The 6-acre CSA fields, which have been consistently farmed for the last 10 years, needed soil remediation and, in some instances, complete rest. Some fields were transitioned to nutrientdense cover crop, while others were remediated with hand-working organic compost, and new tractorless farming methods. After a visit by JM Fortier, author of The Market Gardener, the farm team enrolled in Fortier’s online course for organic farmers, 6 15 breeds of hens laid ~3,000 eggs per year 60 acres of fenced pasture for cattle, hens, goats, sheep, and turkeys to graze and forage