Getting Started on the Farm
We’ve been out at the farm for nearly a month now. It’s been quite a learning experience! Every day is different, and every day we learn from our interactions with the plants and animals on the land and from Mark Shepard. In this time, we’ve accumulated 6 steers, 40 chicks, and 100 laying hens. We’re trying to figure out how to integrate these animals and maybe a few more into a pasture rotation that mimics grazing patterns present in natural savanna environments. We’ve been trying to find just the right size paddocks for the cows to graze down completely in one full day. Of course that size varies with the amount and quality of grasses. We’re also trying to figure out how to integrate chickens effectively.
We’re building an underground bunker framed from hybrid poplar logs. It will have a rainwater capture system hooked up to a 1000 gallon water tank which is gravity fed inside. Right now it is serving as our chicken coop, but we hope to turn it into our bunk house soon.
We plan to share these stories and many more as we continue building, growing, harvesting, raising animals, and learning from the land.