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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Tilling Wood Chips into Vegetable Fields

AVF CA HSP Video report Sep2108

Ananda Valley Farm trialed tilling wood chips into vegetable fields as part of a California Healthy Soil Program (CA HSP) grant. This video summarizes the result from the 1st year in September 2018.

Contrary to much gardening and farming advice to not till wood chips into beds, we have found it can be beneficial with some caveats.

As part of our grant, we need to show farmers have seen this video. Could you add a comment below with your farm name and whether you might try some of these techniques? THANKS

Also we will be hosting a Field Tour Oct. 20, 2018 Saturday from 11am to Noon.
You can come by and see how we grow and our trial results in person.
Please rsvp by emailing AnandaValleyFarm@gmail.com.
We are in Half Moon Bay, CA (google maps finds us.)


  1. So much patience to do this research project. Thank you for your efforts. Where can I get the eucalyptus clippings for a reasonable cost? I live in Half Moon Bay

  2. Ask a tree trimming company, they were glad to get rid of them, usually they have to pay to dump them. I actually followed one of the trucks up the road until they stopped at a garage and asked. Three years later, that same company is still dumping wood chips on our site.

  3. I found this carefully done field trial with wood chips very informative and enlightening. Most word of mouth discourages tilling in wood chips. This dispels that myth. Thanks for your stody and posting the video.I am a market gardener in Coastal Georgia. I will be tilling in wood ships this fall and winter.