We work hard to make our farm operate with minimal outside inputs, and to conserve and recycle nutrients on the farm. We make all our own hay for the animals, and we use draft horses and mules for the vast majority of this work. We are constantly striving to reduce our use of fossil fuels and energy intensive manufactured products.
Our fields are fertilized with compost that we make from our own animal manures, and we allow our pastures to support diverse forages in order to provide the healthiest and most natural diet for our sheep. We believe that our farm can only support a certain number of animals, and we maintain a healthy, limited stocking rate. This allows us to provide adequate nutrition, space, health care, and attention to the animals.
We pay special attention to management techniques that reduce or eliminate health challenges to our animals so they don't require the use of chemicals or antibiotics to maintain good health.
We believe that food produced with integrity is integral to a healthy society.
While our closely-held beliefs in sustainable farming and living drive many of our farm operations, we have come to believe that we need to begin thinking beyond those views and to make our farm a tool of social, economic, and food justice. We believe that by providing healthy, locally-produced food to our immediate community we will create a stronger civic fabric where it is most needed. We are developing strategies to bring healthy food to people who need it most -- look for more developments as we proceed.