Fertilizing greenhouse basil with leaves

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2021: $3,200.00
Projected End Date: 01/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Peach Ridge Farms
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:
Todd Quick
Peach Ridge Farms


  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Crop Production: fertilizers
  • Soil Management: soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    The problem is that local farms lack high quality chemical free soil. By testing leaf matter's affect on basil, we hope to prove that leaf matter makes the best natural fertilizer and encourage farms to use it. 

    We want to encourage the use of leaf matter as compost, which is ecologically sound by improving soil. It is economically viable because it can increase quantity of crop production; farms will benefit with richer harvests. Finally, it is socially responsible by reducing yard waste and instead reusing it.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Demonstrate the value of leaf matter by comparing its results verses other forms of fertilizer.
    2. Share the findings with local farms and customers.
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