The Farm - Details
Our farm is about one-third pasture, one-third crop land and the
rest is forest and wetland. There are many miles of treed fence rows
bordering the fields, which help support the abundant widelife.
We grow various grains for feed or food (oats, barley, spelt, rye, corn), peas, hay and pasture. The hay fields and pastures contain many different species of grasses, legumes and herbs, and the cows like to browse on the trees and shrubs which line the fields. We believe that
the inherent balance and health of the farm is
greater the less we rely on outside inputs.
The base of the land's
fertility comes directly from the cow herd in two ways. Alfalfa
hay in the crop rotation is a great benefit for increasing organic
matter and the prevention of soil erosion. Then the return of
animals to the land adds another
dimension to the eternal cycle of soil building. We, as stewards
of the land,
have the task of nurturing this cycle.
Another important tool for us is the use of the bio-dynamic preparations:
specially prepared composts from medicinal plants or materials, which
are used in very small quantities,
like homeopathic support for the land.
We use fairly common
equipment to grow and harvest the various crops. We have a few
tractors, a moldboard
plow, disc, cultivator and all the hay tools to make
hay we can.
Tilling the land, growing crops, feeding
the harvest to the animals and returning
the manure to the land is an ongoing cycle, which is very rewarding
for us as farmers and certainly necessary to feed the world.
intend to continue this work for a long time to preserve
the land for future generations.