Media Feature: NRDC Highlights Farming Innovation

Andrew Pittz of Sawmill Holllow Farm carries aronia berry seedlings.               Nati Harnik/AP

NRDC profiled six farmers across the country who are changing agriculture with innovative practices.

The section on Sawmill Hollow emphasizes the positive environmental impact of growing the native aronia berry in the Midwest, saying

The plant is native to Iowa and grows readily on his farm without irrigation. Between the bushes, a carpet of native grasses fixes nitrogen in the soil and boosts yield, limiting the need for chemicals. It’s a winning combination for the local turf, which is made of fertile but highly erodible soil called loess.

Read the rest of the article to learn more about these unique farmers. Thanks for featuring us, Tracie McMillan!