How do farmers protect their soil when they are not farming?



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    Farmers use Best Management Practices to keep topsoil in the fields and prevent erosion. These practices include planting cover crops during the winter, small plants whose roots secure the top soil and prevent erosion during the winter. Some farmers use stalks and leaves to act as a layer of compost. Farmers also use hillside terraces, streamside buffers and trees to prevent wind and water erosion.

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    At a smaller community gardening center where I grow food, when we put the gardens to bed for the winter, we cut all of the plants right above the soil. That way, the roots can hold the soil together. By the time it is spring, the roots have decomposed and helped to enrich the soil. They gardens are also covered with layers of leaves to further protect the soil.

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