Sustainable agriculture is farming using principles of ecology (the study of relationships between organisms and their environment) to work the land in a way that meets our needs today, while ensuring the health of the land for tomorrow.
The goals of sustainable farming:
- Satisfy human needs for food, fiber, etc.
- Enhance/maintain environmental quality and the natural resources that our agricultural economy depends upon.
- Make the most efficient use of non-renewable and farm resources, and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls.
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.
How does Cherry Grove Farm apply these goals? By:
- Refraining from herbicide or pesticide use on property.
- Practicing rotational grazing so our pastures have time to renew themselves during the season.
- Monitoring the health of our pastures, spreading our renewable supply of manures, supplementing minerals when needed, and reseeding the fields to input specific soil elements while promoting nutritious forage for our animals.
- Working with local arborists and tree services to reuse downed hardwoods in our wood burning heating system.
- Partnering locally with Triumph Brewery and Tico’s Juice Bar to reuse spend mash and juice pulp as supplemental feed for our cows, pigs and chickens.
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