Controlled burning of key parts of the land is a very helpful thing. It keeps down brush that would choke out good plants, it revitalizes the soil, and it opens up the forest floors to sunlight. All this promotes healthy new growth. This area we are burning here is located between two hive clusters. By […]
Cows are creatures of habit. They like a good routine, and they get fairly used to it. They typically eat something early in the morning when they wake up and then have to run over and get a nice drink of water. It’s only 14 degrees out there today in mid-November, so it’s a good […]
Bees are very important to our food supply. According to the USDA, approximately 25% of the US food supply depends on them. Additionally, honey bee colonies are dying at an alarming rate, which must be addressed, they report.
The new pigs are now old enough to head out to the pasture. Here they’ll root around for all sorts of good food and healthy brush. Raising them out in open pasture like this promotes good health and strength, and makes for much healthier pork.
Since we manage the land for natural habitat as well as farming, we often see some great sights like this bluebird family. This nest is located at the head of a nice sedge meadow. Perfect habitat for them.
Honeybees often have to defend their hives from a variety of predators and intruders. Sometimes they come on the ground like skunks, raccoons, and rodents, but they also come in from the air like we see here with this bumble bee. Everybody wants some honey. Hard to blame them!
We all need a chill break every now and then! These steer are just hanging around their new grassy area enjoying the sunshine this fine spring day. They love eating all the new spring grass. Rotating them around early is important to developing strong, healthy pastures.
The best pork you can get comes from pigs raised in open pastures like this. No steroids, GMO’s, or anti-biotics… These guys, and the rest of them, are at full weight now (250-300 lbs.) and are ready for processing. Bacon, anyone?
Open pastures are very important to healthy cattle and healthy food! Our cattle roam open fields where ample ground water supports bountiful pasture grasses. These cows are eating and enjoying the grass in the cool of the morning sun.
Sustainable farming means doing things that protect the pastures over time rather than deplete them. Part of that involves rotating cattle around to different areas as they eat one area down. Here, Aaron is moving the cows at the end of the day into another field. He is very skilled as a farmer, and the […]