Brendon Rockey raises specialty potatoes and quinoa on 500 irrigated acres at 7,600 feet above sea level in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.
Brendon chooses to nurture life through diverse, biotic inputs like companion crops, livestock, cover crops and flowering strips instead of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.
His approach creates a healthy habitat for life in the soil and the end result is healthy plants and insects, livestock and humans.
Brendon plants, cultivates and harvests during the summers while managing the Rockey Farms' seed potato tissue culture lab and greenhouse throughout the year, He shares his biotic farming theory and practice at conferences and events all over the world, asking farmers to look at their management practices from Pro-Biotic and Anti-Biotic perspectives.
Biotic farming system carbon-based inputs include
Multi Species Cover Crops • Companion Crops • Grazing • Nectar Rich Flowering Strips •
Compost/Compost Tea and Biological Fertility
Biotic Farming supports
Appropriate Tillage • Water Efficiency• Economic Stability • Farm Wholeness and Community Growth
Transitioning to a biotic farming system starts with identifying and removing toxic practices used to produce a crop and committing to biotic inputs that strengthen a farm's resiliency, diversity and productivity with respect to available resources.