Real Organic Podcast

Tom Willey: Merging Chemical-Regenerative With Organic

October 24, 2023 Real Organic Project Episode 139
Real Organic Podcast
Tom Willey: Merging Chemical-Regenerative With Organic
Show Notes

#139: Tom Willey is a longtime, organic vegetable farmer in Central California who has participated in recent trials seeking to minimize tillage in organic row crop production.  His thoughts on the reliance of of Haber-Bosch nitrogen, the overuse of compost, and intentionally moving towards the use of chemicals in organic leads to some lively conversation with Dave.

Tom Willey has run TD Willey Farms with his wife Dennesse in Madera, CA since the mid-1980s.  Along with California farmers Scott Park, Phil Foster, Paul Muller, Dru Rivers, Andrew Brait and others, Tom has been participating in on-farm trials that aim understand how tillage can be minimized on organic vegetable farms.

https://tdwilleyfarms.com/

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