It is important to us to use practices that are good for the health of the animals, the land and the people. We manage our pastures organically and do not use herbicides or pesticides on the farm. We are working to develop regenerative system where each aspect helps the next. The cows eat the grass, the grass grows a better root system, the chickens follow the cows to eat the bugs and so on. The pigs forage the forest and make room for new wild plants to grow. All of them help us with weed control and add nutrients. It is not perfect but we are striving to a more cohesive system each day.
Josh and Ann took different paths on their journey that lead them to farming. Josh a mechanic, carpenter and firefighter before combining all his skills to pursue his dream to live more sustainably and closer to the land. Ann’s love for unique flavor, food and flowers lead to the desire to grow them herself. They met in Colorado and started a market farm growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Their aspiration was to have a more complete system that could co-exist and benefit each other. To do this they wanted to add animals to the mix. The next chapter has taken them to New York with pasture land to graze the cows and chickens; forest to raise the pigs; and fields to grow.