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Hello and Happy New Year! We have been working on a lot of stuff behind the scenes over t…

Hello and Happy New Year! We have been working on a lot of stuff behind the scenes over the past few weeks but we plan to have Summer 2023 CSA shares open by the end of the month at the latest. In the meantime, consider this interesting information regarding the value of snowpack for agriculture….

Why do we need SNOW?

Nitrogen… Poor man’s fertilizer as snow is sometimes called, is packed full of nitrogen. In fact, snow, more than any other form of precipitation, is made up of more than just H2O. Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur are also packed in there.
Snow can spread anywhere from 5-10 pounds of Nitrogen per acre, which is at the lower end of what most farmers spread artificially. After conducting spring soil sampling, farmers will decide what fertilizers and how much they need to spread per acre for growing different crops. Each fruit and vegetable have its own requirements, but it’s nice when some of that fertilizer is naturally occurring.

“But what about all the rain?”

Rain washes these elements away. The melting snowpack slowly releases water into the soil which helps it retain these elements so that they aren’t washed way.

The less fertilizer farmers have to purchase, the less they have pass on to you in cost.
I hope this helps some understand the importance of snow in just one of the many economical aspects.

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