Soil Quality Survey of Community Supported Agriculture Designated Farms of Southeastern Wisconsin
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In a time of growing environmental concerns farming practices have been under intense scrutiny. Consumers have become increasingly concerned about the quality of their foods and from concern Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has grown in popularity. A common conception of CSA farms is that they are all the same. More specifically they are all organic resulting in soil quality being the same. A survey of soil quality was done to test this conception. Abiotic and biotic components alike were tested including; soil moisture, soil texture, nitrogen levels, invertebrate macrofauna diversity, and organic matter. Farms were also ranked based on organic practices. Farms tended to split in results based on farming methods used. Farms with an organic designation tended to have higher levels of components of soil health then farms without the designation. This study reflects the importance of consumer knowledge of the farm they choose based on individual wants.
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