Our land is a remarkable find. After managing and renting other farmland for 5 years, we looked at over 30 farms before we found our farm. As soon as we drove in the long drive, we knew it was the perfect farm for us. Every day we are thankful for the blessing of being given the chance to tend and steward this land.
As pastured livestock producers, we are GRASS farmers. The great thing about growing grass is that once established, it requires no tillage. So grazing can be done on steep or rough ground that is considered marginal and unfit for other agriculture. In fact, some believe that grazing animals on hills improves the flavor and quality of the meat due to the extra excercise that the animals get!
Our farm is 84 acres of South facing fairly steep hills. About half of it is wooded, and half is open pasture. We plan to use some of the woods for paddocks for our pigs to forage in; especially in the fall, when the acorns hit the ground. There are two springs that form small streams that meet at the bottom of one of the pasture fields, which create a diversity of natural ecosystems and offer an abundant natural water source in addition to the two deep wells on the farm.
Soil fertility is the foundation on which healthy farming starts. Though picturesque, the soils on our farm need improving. Our goal is to produce the highest quality food - in both taste and nutrition. We plan to do this through careful grazing, which is a tool for transforming this land into an environment marked by constant soil building, fertility, water holding capacity, and diversity in soil microbes, plant life, and animal life. The soil fertility including structure, organic matter content, nutrient balance, and the above factors will become sufficient to support vibrant health in both the ecosystems and the people who consume their abundance of nutrient dense foods.
We've been in love with our land since we first walked the well worn path through the woods. We hope you can visit soon, especially during the month of July when we have many kinds of wild berries ripe on our farm!