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Begining in 2002…
One field each year has been converted from conventional to organic farming. It takes two years to `convert’ each field and this period helps cleanse the land of previous chemical applications and prepare for the organic crop rotation. Key to this is the planting of nitrogen-fixing clover to add fertility to the soil in the absence of artificial fertilisers.
After two or three years, the clover (and livestock that graze it) will have built enough fertility for a crop of wheat to be grown. This will be followed by beans (a legume like clover), then triticale (a cross between wheat and rye) before clover is planted again to add more fertility.
We will look at the radical change in management that is necessary to convert to organic production and discuss some of the implications.