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My name is William Vogl and I am the 29 year old owner of Vogl Homestead Farms. We are just outside of Colorado Springs, CO. We are a small, 7 acre farm that focuses on beyond organic and regenerative agriculture methods, including GMO free seeds, no till and zero chemical inputs of any kind, and focusing on beeding the soil biology. We are zone 5a, with a climate of High Prairie Desert mixed with mountain foothills of the Rockies. We are at 7200' elevation, experience about 15- 20 inches of rainfall annually. My goals are to eventually improve our soil to the point we can produce food without any kind of additional irrigation, as our stated restricts well and rainwater collection usage.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
Hardy perennials are my preferable crop, but I also grow many kinds of annuals that will grow well in our area, especially squashes and root vegetables.
Small lot (101 - 400 sq. ft)
We generally have a nice top soil of around 2-8" deep with pure sand underneith that drains very well. We are also have ares of high organic material due to adding composts and experimenting with hugelkulture.
Neighbors' Crops (within 1/4 mile)
No commercial crops are grown anywhere near us. We have a few neighbors that have very small, backyard gardens within 1/4 mile of unkown types.
Neighbors' crops (within 1 mile)
No commercial crops are grown anywhere near us. We have a few neighbors that have very small, backyard gardens within 1 mile of unkown types.
Possible GMOs in the neighborhood...
Agriculture in our area is limited to grazing only due to the extreme difficulty growing crops. The only possible source of GMOS would be from small, backyard gardens of neighbors that might have unknowingly bought gmo seeds from a local store.
Other relevant information
Pros: We have a pastured chicken operation that we pass near our market garden area often. This eliminates most insect pests. We have few rodent pests to date due to numerous barn cats on our farm. We try hard to reduce irrigation needs as much as possible and have been highly successful in many ways. We use methods such as mulching, swales, back to eden/lasagna style garden areas, applying compost, and beginning to create large hugelkulture mounds. We also try to use large amounts of plant diveresity in our planting methods to decrease pest and disease issues.
Cons: Climate makes growing fragile plants hard, as we have extended dry periods, as well as a shorter than normal growing season. Hail is always a present hazard, with stones ranging from pea sized up to softball sized in rare cases. We have no hail protections established due to expense. Due to our altitude, sun exposure in the summer is more intense and can be damaging to some plants.