Sustainability at Farm One Forty

Sustainability at Farm One Forty
October 16, 2020 Arlie Laroche

I was recently asked to list off some of the sustainability initiatives at Farm One Forty and I realized that you might be wondering about them too!

My husband Brett and I have been very interested in sustainability and regenerative agriculture for years.  We regularly devour books and documentaries on the topic and have attended workshops with Joel Salatin and Gabe Brown.  We have also completed our Holistic Management course and had Verge Permaculture do a permaculture design of our farm a few years back.

So what have we done with all these teachings?  These are just some of the things that come to mind.

*Planned grazing for our sheep and cows to build soil health, capture carbon and benefit the water cycle.

*We harvest rainwater to water our large veggie gardens.

*In the veggie garden we use mulch to decrease water requirements and runoff and to suppress weeds.

*On our grain/pasture land we do no-till, intercropping and cover cropping to build soil health and benefit the water cycle.

*We raise a diversity of animals and crops because of the symbiotic relationships they all have with each other.

*We keep honey bees on the property to pollinate our crops.

These are just a few of the things that come to mind.  Of course like most sustainable farmers, I’d be happy to talk your ear off about them in greater detail if that interests you.  Feel free to drop me a line with any questions or insights you might have.

If you think these initiatives are valuable and you want to support, seek out a regenerative farmer in your area!

Most of us do this because we love it but we can’t do it without our valued customers!

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