Marblehead has managed all of publicly owned grass fields organically since 2002, building and maintaining a healthy ecosystem with active microbial life in the soil and strong root systems. Key elements of the program include frequent aeration and mowing, soil testing and the use of organic fertilizer and soil amendments.
 
This case study provides detailed information on four multi-use fields in Marblehead, including information on the number of hours played each season. Each of these fields may serve as a useful model for other communities interested in organic field management.



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