You’d think that when you’re living with nature, things wouldn’t need so much intervention. But crop ground, ponds, trails, driveways, wood lots, and pastures need active management to stay accessible and usable.
The problem with letting things “go back to nature” is that nature doesn’t know what we want. And some of her management tools – fire, for instance – aren’t very welcome near our homes. Striking a balance is a constant challenge.Many of the plants we see every day, most obviously our lawn grasses – aren’t even native to the North American continent. Add in a few really aggressive invasive species – like feral hogs, ailanthus (tree of heaven) and spotted lanternflies – and our landscapes become inhospitable to our native species.
The term “rotational grazing” is used a lot. But what exactly is it? This quick guide to grazing beef cattle explains a few concepts.read more
Graze 300 is a concept, an ideal, and a goal that's gaining in popularity (and practicality) here in central Virginia. The objective is pretty straight-forward - ensure that cattle derive their nutrition solely from pastures for 300 days out of the year. The other 65...read more
Farming has its own language, and sometimes people outside of the farming community don't understand what we're saying, no matter how slowly or how loudly we talk. If you knew the difference between hay and straw is five dollars a bale, you at least sort of understand...read more