October 21st, 2019 — How We Farm and Why It’s Important

Here at Willow Farm our mission is: To grow good food that nourishes you and your family while simultaneously working to heal the earth.

In order for us to achieve our mission we practice Regenerative Agriculture.

Regeneration International defines regenerative agriculture as: a holistic land management practice that leverages the power of photosynthesis in plants to close the carbon cycle, and build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density.

Regenerative Agriculture offers many benefits including:

  • Soil structures improves, increasing water retention capacity – this leads to more water being absorbed, less run off and less flooding.
  • By switching to regenerative agriculture we have the potential to sequester 100% of current annual co2 emissions.
  • Increased biodiversity
  • Creates more reliable sources of clean water
  • Regeneratively grown food provides more nutritional value than conventionally grown food.

So those are just some of the many benefits of regenerative agriculture, here’s how it looks in practice here at Willow Farm

Some things you WILL NOT find here:

  • Growth hormones or steroids
  • Unnecessary antibiotics- because the animals live in such a healthy environment and eat nutrient dense food, they stay very healthy. This allows us to limit the use of antibiotics to when truly necessary for the health and welfare of the animal.
  • Pesticides, insecticides or any other -icide
  • Mono-cultures – nature doesn’t do mono-cultures and neither do we. Our hay fields and pastures have a diverse array of grasses, forbs, legumes and more. We also raise a mix of different livestock species to further add to the diversity.
  • Bare soil – uncovered soil leads to soil erosion. loss of soil carbon and less diversity in the soil

Instead, here is what you will find:

  • Fresh air and sunshine
  • Pollinators – Tom was able to add a bee hive this Spring and we are hoping to add more in the future
  • Cows and sheep out grazing grass
  • Chickens out foraging for bugs and seeds
  • Diversity – we integrate a variety of animals, plants, insects and more
  • Working in harmony with nature, not against

Kyle

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