Beyond Black Plastic

Beyond Black Plastic

Beyond Black Plastic

Cover crops and no-till for organic vegetable production

While the use of black plastic is allowed within organic agriculture, it is inherently unsustainable as it is a petroleum-based product and difficult to recycle.

Every acre of land farmed using a black plastic system produces 100-120 lb of waste that typically goes to landfills.

This 24-page guide looks beyond plasticulture and evaluates the effects of different mulch systems on soil quality and fertility, weed control, yields and waste production, and profitability for small to mid-size vegetable farms.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNE10-295, Reducing plastic mulch use by expanding adoption of cover-crop-based no-till systems for vegetable producers .

Product specs
Year: 2014
Length: 24 Pages
Author(s): Jessica Feeser, Research Technician, Dr. Gladis Zinati, Interim Research Director, Jeff Moyer, Farm Director
Location: Northeast | Pennsylvania
How to order
Online Version (Free):

Only available online

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.



Debra Heleba is the communications specialist for Northeast SARE. She can respond to general and media inquiries, and questions about projects and events.