Jeff Smith noon, March 8
How to Grow Organic — and Survive Rabbits
Talking of Suzie’s Farm (see below), if you’re determined to be organic, how do you scare off everything that wants to eat your crops? Especially those pesky rabbits.
Some organic farmers use scarecrows to protect their vegetables. Some use electric fences.
“We have Andrea Ashbaugh, who’s a falconer, come several times a week, and her falcon hunts the rabbits from on high,” says Suzie’s Farm’s Quinn Wilson.
“She gets the rabbits to eat, and the word goes out among the rabbits, and we don’t have to worry so much.”
Plus they pay Andrea in kind with veggies she’s helping save.
Yes, says Quinn it’s sometimes hard to keep the rabbits out. “Like, last year, they really loved our baby tomato plants. But we put little protective boxes around them till they became more mature and less of a delicacy.”
Besides, Quinn says, the attitude at the farm is to share. “The rabbits get some, that’s fine. They have a lot to contend with: Andrea’s falcon, coyotes, hawks, our barn owls. We get most of our crops. They’re welcome to some. There’s enough to go round.”
On Suzie's Farm
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