Photo gallery: Organic veggies abound in Silt
“Each farm is its own ecosystem, especially in organic farming,” said Calvin Bailey, general manager of Eagle Springs Organic, outside of Silt. Bringing your experience from other farms is good, but ultimately, each one is unique, and the farmer has to learn its quirks.
On Tuesday morning the farm was busy with workers harvesting kale and broccoli in preparation for some upcoming farmers markets and for shipping produce to some of its much bigger clients, such as Whole Foods. Though Eagle Springs focused primarily on local sales when it started up in 2010, the farm started producing for wholesale in 2014 and expanded dramatically. And now Bailey is getting the business back into the farmers markets.
This season has been an especially hot and dry one, creating challenges for farmers all around the region. But Eagle Springs is constantly experimenting with its crops and methods to produce a good yield in an environment ever fluctuating in terms of both climate and market.
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Former Carbondale trustee Katrina Byars said she wants to bring a voice of environmental sustainability to the commission, and believes her opponent has served long enough.