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Twisted Root Organic Farm is a six acre farm based out of Paonia, Colorado, which focuses on growing high-quality vegetables, eggs,  herbs, and fruit.  Here at Twisted Root, we implement principles from various agricultural schools of thought in order to create an ecologically sustainable system.  Some of our favorite concepts stem from biointensive agriculture, biodynamics, peer-reviewed research, and permaculture design.

Our primary ecological objectives are to enrich the quality of the soil, conserve water and energy, and encourage biodiversity above and below ground.  We achieve these goals and grow healthier crops using the following practices:

  • Continuously planting a portion of our field in cover crops
  • Incorporating an abundance of organic matter into our soils
  • Encouraging microbial activity and naturally developing our plants’ resistance to pests and disease
  • Maintaining habitat for bats, pollinators and other beneficial insects
  • Implementing a knowledge-based crop rotation plan
  • Converting from flood irrigation to a drip/sprinkler irrigation system
  • Using passive solar and solar photovoltaic energy for year-round, energy efficient production
  • Employing season extension technologies, such as movable hoophouses, which ameliorate associated soil fertility issues and allow for localized veggie sales through the winter