Soil Born Farm: Crop Rotation
"Rotating crops is a way of moving crops to different locations from season to season. It is a practice used to maintain soil fertility and to prevent plant diseases and insect infestations. Plants in the same families are susceptible to the same disease organisms and pests, and utilize the same nutrients in the soil; thus to plant them in the same field repeatedly weakens fertility and plant health. At Soil Born Farm, crop groupings are planted in blocks. We have a tomato block, a squash block, a flower block and a leaf/root block. Where the tomato block is this year, the leaf/root block was last year, and perhaps the flower block will be planted next year. Within a season, crops in a block are also rotated. For example, throughout the summer, the rows in front of you comprised our leaf/root block and contained successions of carrots (umbelliferae), lettuce (compositae) and arugula (brassicaceae), but no bed contained any of these twice."