…is giving back after taking. A vine requires energy to be taken from the soil and the environment. It needs to be replenished to be kept vital.
If the farm is seen as a self-regulating organism, with limited resources, choices are made to support the cycle of give and take that will yield a sustainable system.
That understanding has come about through observation and discovering the assets of the farm. This supports the ability to nurture the farm from within itself.
The big key here is the health of the soil. Many farms focus on the health of the plant and feed the plant from that place. We look for farms that focus on the health of the soil and work from that place.
Composting and cover crops are particularly supportive practices that prevent soil depletion.