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.
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. Soil health is perhaps the best measure of how well the job is being done. In short healthy soils are teaming with a diversity of life. It is this life that ultimately drives the ecological processes (e.g. nutrient cycling, water infiltration and storage) necessary to support productive farmlands capable of yielding nutrient-dense foods, that help improve health and well-being of our communities.