How we Farm
Sustainable agriculture can be understood as an ecosystem approach to agriculture. In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthful food without compromising future generations' ability to do the same.
Permaculture is a design process that is based on ethics and principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and which can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.
By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life on our farm we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.
The term “local food system” is used to describe a method of food production and distribution that is geographically localized, rather than national and/or international. We grow and harvest close to consumers' homes, then distribute over much shorter distances than is common in the conventional global industrial food system. This method has a positive impact on the enviroment by reducing the need to waste fuel transporting products long distances to reach the end consumers.
Organic farming promotes the sustainable health and productivity of the ecosystem – soil, plants, animals and people. Organic foods are farmed in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way, focusing on soil regeneration, water conservation and animal welfare.
Simply removing agri-chemicals is not enough to turn a conventional farm into an organic farm. Organic farming is an active, labour-intensive process.
Humane Animal Treatment
Naturally-raised poultry, cattle and other animals are fed a diet, free of hormones, or animal by-products. Rather than relying on antibiotics to reduce disease, we prevent disease by ensuring that animals have a healthy lifestyle, with lots of pasture, comfortable and spacious shelter, and opportunity for natural socialization. The result? Meat that tastes better and consumers that feel better about what they are eating on many levels.