What we grow:
We inherited an acre of old blueberry plants back in 1993. They are now over 35 years old and going strong with annual pruning and compost applications. We also grow raspberries, strawberries, apples, and plums. New trees in the orchard will produce persimmons, figs, chestnuts and peaches in the coming years.
We cultivate approximately 1 1/2 acres of mixed vegetables and medicinal and culinary herbs. The list is long, check out our farm store (and sub pages) for all the places you can find us.
What we raise:
We graze our animals in the mob style so it is hard to say whether they are a flock or a herd! We have several breeds of sheep including Romney, Wensleydale cross, Border Liecester, and Coopworth, British Alpine goats, Jersey steers, pigs and laying hens. We use intensive rotational grazing between 20 temporary paddocks on 17 acres. The animals are moved every few days depending on the season, nutrition of the forage, and size of the herd. The chickens come in behind the mob to spread cow pies and clean up around the trees. They live in a converted travel trailer (or mobile coop) and are moved every 10 days. Because of predator pressure we bring our herd into the barn every evening, except the oxen, who are large enough to stay out on pasture all night. For pictures see the Intensive Rotational Grazing page.
Photo credits: Top, "Leek flower," by Echo Casey. All others not identified: by Angela Wartes-Kahl