Agriculture is the single largest source of nutrient and sediment pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay.
While conventional tillage, fertilizers and pesticides can be beneficial to crops, their excessive use can pollute rivers and streams, pushing nutrients and sediment into our waterways.
Water stewardship and sustainable agriculture are two main areas of focus for Chesapeake Hop Exchange.
We implement Integrated Pest Management methods in an effort to minimize pesticide usage.
To conserve water and reduce nutrient runoff we utilize drip irrigation, slowly adding water to each individual plant on an as-needed basis. We also use nitrogen producing cover crops for erosion control and to reduce our total fertilizer needs. Local livestock waste is our main source of organic fertilizer.