Cover Crops for Vegetables


Workshop audio recording from the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Mark Boen
Saturday 2a

Growing vegetables depletes organic matter in the soil. Learn how to use cover crops to rebuild this foundation of fertility. Bluebird Gardens plants alternate strips of crop and cover crop over a 400-acre farm, growing covers on the vegetable strips before, during and after the vegetables. Learn which cover crops work well in each season, and how to take down cover crops in easy and surprising ways.

Mark Boen owns and operates Bluebird Gardens in Fergus Falls, Minn., with his wife, Diane. Over 30 years, they’ve grown their vegetable farm from 10 to 400 acres, which now supply a 2000-member CSA. In 2015, the CSA became Build Your Own Box at the Truck offering members much more choice.