Our farm covers 400 acres and is protected from development through Vermont’s Land Trust, assuring the farm will remain just that! The land provides us with enough feeds— grass, alfalfa and corn silage—for our herd. Cows have an amazing digestive system, 4 stomachs, that can digest all kinds of feedstuffs humans could not begin to utilize. They convert these products into a very nutritious wholesome food humans can digest. Co-habitation at it’s best.
From spring to fall, animals can graze and harvest their own meal. We do harvest enough feed to cover our winter months, which in Vermont means about 5 months.
We try to treat our land with the same approach as our animals: Take good care of it, and it will return the favor. Dirt is the foundation of it all, and here in Addison County the dirt is heavy clay soils. Not ideal for many crops, but great for gras and alfalfa. Manure, although it does smell when disturbed, does our fields a world of good. If applied at the right time, it does not only replenish a portion of the nutrients taken when the feed for the cows was harvested, it also improves the structure of the soil and greatly reduces the need for fertilizers. Ultimate recycling.