Under Cover Farmers (videos)
While researching cover cropping, I came across the video above, featuring an explanation from the Rodale Institute (U.S.) of their “No Till Roller Crimper” which is used to lay down the cover crop in a no till farming environment.
Another video I uncovered (below) may be of interest to those pursuing permaculture practice in the larger scale farming environment. It is called “Under Cover Farmers” and investigates the cover cropping/no till farming practices of two or three primary producers on the U.S. side of the pacific. The results which they are experiencing are extremely encouraging and demonstrate the “mind shift” that is possible when conventional twentieth century farmers “get it” about the soil and it’s microbiology and then choose to farm complimentary to nature’s way. Practice begins to transition!
Those with a permaculture background will find value in the various principles and practices discovered by these farmers. It will remind us of the importance of key elements of permaculture practice in our own settings where cover cropping and no till activity is applied on a smaller scale, with a greater emphasis on perennials.