Contaminated hay mulch knocks out crops at
Waterpenny Farm

Posted July 13, 2007: We covered the success of Rachel Bynum and Eric Plaksin in negotiating land access in a January story Young farmer couple and established landowner explore innovative land access with trust, hard work and patience in Old Virginia. They learned last month that herbicide residue on hay mulch damaged many of their vegetable plots. They’ve cancelled two months of CSA deliveries and cut back on their farmers’ market selling, but will continue marketing produce from unmulched fields. Some 60 people, including several of their CSA members, helped to remove 25 tons of wet hay from 3.5 acres of their farm.

Upshot: Know all there is to know about hay, manure or compost you import onto your farm. And help your neighbors when things go wrong.

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