By using regenerative farming and following the practices that will allow us to be organic soon, we try to give back to the land as much as we take.
Keeping farm animals and a walk-behind tractor instead of a tractor, wild crafting on our land, allowing a wildlife corridor on our 8 acre plot, and using organic soil, seeds and no chemicals, are only some of the farming practices we use.
Using farm animals instead of a large tractor
On our farm we have a minimum of 2 sheep, 2 goats, 3 pigs, 10-20 chickens, 3 dogs and 2 cats at any time. We rotate our goats and sheep on new land and old to eat down brush and fertilize. After our goats and sheep pass through, our pigs dig up the soil and prepare it for the next crop. Our dogs protect the animals and the house as we allow wildlife, including bears, deer, elk, coyotes and cougars to pass through our land on their way to wherever they want to go. We do have a walk-behind tractor for some tilling and plowing, this had much less impact than a large tractor.
Using WWOOF for help
There is no way we could ever do the amount of work required on our farm alone, especially with small children. We have 2-3 WWOOFers (Wold Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) staying on our farm during the spring/summer and even fall. Keeping a good work schedule but eating well, sleeping comfortably and providing many ways to relax in their down time, we hope that our WWOOFers always enjoy their stay.
On the road to becoming organic
The process of applying to become organic has allowed us to organize our farm and document everything. Every input of manure or compost, every seed that is planted and every herb that is harvested and dried is documented. We follow strict procedures with all persons working to ensure our products are of the best quality and most natural.