Part of our mission is to farm in an eco-centric & regenerative way. We will be sharing our Regenerative Farm Plan here in our efforts of transparency and to hopefully provide inspiration to other land owners and farmers to do the same! Want to learn more about regenerative agriculture? Check out RA101!
Outline: As we make progress towards some of these ideals, we'll be sure to post photos and more information.
No Pesticides or Herbicides Ever.
Corn and Soy-Free Corn and soy production are some of the top polluting agricultural commodities. We try to avoid it whenever possible.
Carbon Sequestration Perform regular soil tests to monitor our soil microbiology, carbon, and organic matter to make sure we are making the best management decisions. Reputable soil health labs include: Ward Labs, RegenAgLab, Earthfort, RAD Lab.
Native Hedgerows Decrease wind erosion and provide habitat for native wildlife. We are lucky that The Floral Native Nursery is local to us, and we will be selecting native plants with their guidance.
11/21 Update: 30 Thuja Green Giant trees have been planted along the south border of the homesite to assist as a windblock for our harsh winter winds.
Water for Wildlife Provide safe water access within hedgerows for the benefit of wildlife. These will be built out from irrigation systems used to establish hedgerows.
Deep Litter Bedding Use the deep litter method in our animal's pens. The combination of bedding and animal manure begins the composting process, creating a healthy soil additive that is odor-free and warming for our animals. See header photo of our chicken coop deep litter after 1.5 years of breaking down - it smelt earthy and amazing!
Compost and Wood Chips Spread compost and wood chips to increase soil organic matter and water holding capacity of the soil on our farm, and mitigate areas prone to erosion.
Holistic Pasture Management Utilize principles of Allen Savory's Holistic Management, we will be creating rotating grazing systems based on vegetation growth to best manage our pastures for increased diversity, carbon sequestration, and soil health.
Silvopasture Plant native trees in our pastures to sequester carbon, create shade for livestock and wildlife, and habitat for native wildlife.
Burrowing Owl Habitat Project Create artificial nesting tunnels for migratory Burrowing Owls that are in our area with design help from the Burrowing Owl Preservation Society.