Study of the Effects of Cover Crop and Composting Schedules

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $3,175.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Conrad Vispo
Hawthorne Valley Association

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: greens (lettuces)


  • Crop Production: cover crops, organic fertilizers
  • Soil Management: soil analysis, soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    The new organic standards effectively require an autumn application of non-certified composts. This grant proposes to look at the interaction between autumn applications of compost and cover cropping from the perspective of maximizing the long-term productivity of a limited-space commercial vegetable operation. Outreach will be through publications, farm visits, a field workshop, and a farm apprenticeship program.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.