cover crops. cover crops like alfalfa, onions, arugula, clover are like the opening band. they do two things: they prep the soil by helping nitrogen fix in the soil composition. that is hyping the crowd up for the main performer. but in doing so they also feed the crowd! (arugula, onions go to the human crowd, alfalfa and clover go to the chickens and livestock). once the headlining crop is planted, they are forgotten, but they dont care. they just do what they do. that teaches me (us?) that we don’t need to be the headliner. we can be the backing band, the understory, and still be 100 percent crucial to the process!