A comparison of biodegradable mulches to black plastic mulch

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2005: $2,577.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:
Laura Sorkin
Cave Moose Farm


  • Fruits: melons


  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Black plastic mulch is a widely used weed control tool on many Northeast vegetable farms. Unfortunately, plastic mulch is made from a non-renewable resource and has disposal issues. This project will compare two biodegradable mulches to black plastic mulch by measuring yield, labor and maintenance requirements, and disposal costs. Outreach will be through articles and presentations.

    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.