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About How We Farm

By today's standard we are a small farm, operating on our 160 acre home. Here we tend to nearly 70 acres of pasture and 30 acres of cropland in addition to gardens and a small sugar bush in the woods. Being small motivated us to make the most of every acre. 

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Over time we have settled on an approach to agriculture that has come to be known as "regenerative". At it's heart, regenerative farming goes beyond a "sustainable" farming mindset to focus on actively improving the land and, in turn, the food produced off it. To this end, we work to diversify and perennialize our production all while minimizing soil disturbances (i.e. tillage, chemical use, and grazing). On pasture this is accomplished by employing management-intensive grazing, moving livestock to fresh pasture at least once per day. On croplands we utilize no-till, cover crop, and nutrient management practices. This is all contributes to establishing healthy soils.

Like many farmers, we consider ourselves to be stewards of the land. Perhaps the best measure of how well we're doing this job can be found by assessing the health of our soils. It may be a paradigm shift for some to consider the soil as a living system, but it is ultimately soil biology that drives the ecological processes (e.g. nutrient cycling, water infiltration and storage) that determine the productivity and resilience of farmland soils. As these biological communities receive the opportunity to grow more diverse and abundant they become more efficient at facilitating these processes. 

So it's our goal to facilitate the creation and maintenance of a soil biological community capable of yielding nutrient-dense foods, that help improve health and well-being of our communities.

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