As the acting and future steward of this land, Hunger Task Force has an obligation to be mindful about the use of natural resources that keep the farm in operation, especially soil and water resources. The Farm is continuously developing vegetable production systems that allow us to efficiently and effectively provide fresh, high quality produce to our network. Our production systems incorporate methods that enhance environmental quality and natural resources. We keep honey bees to assist with pollination. Annual vegetable crops are rotated to different fields each year to maintain soil health. Cover crops are used at both ends of the growing season as well as through the summer months to reduce erosion, return nutrients to the soil, reduce water run-off and enhance the biological activity. In addition, volunteers perform hand weeding to reduce chemical controls of weeds.