The West Broad Market Garden, as a Certified Naturally Grown agricultural site, utilizes the latest in sustainable growing practices.We avoid all inorganic fertilizers and pesticides as well as genetically modified seed. We keep our farm’s soil alive and fertile by plowing down soil, building cover crops, and utilizing: compost, lime, and commercially available organic fertilizer. For pest and disease management, we implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, that utilizes strategies to avoid or solve pest problems before they begin. Our methods include early detection of pests and disease, use of disease-resistant plant varieties, biological control, and bug-excluding row covers, if necessary. If, and only if, if a problem reaches the economic injury level, where the pest problem would cause enough damage for us to lose money, then we consider the use of the safest pesticides available.