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Our Agricultural Goals & Practices

We believe that soil, plant, animal, environmental and human health are interconnected and that agriculture is the base of a healthy culture and civilization. Our goal is to be a diversified, organic farm that supports a healthy local food system and creates an inspiring learning environment. The Farm uses the IFOAM definition of Organic Agriculture: a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

The Farm is a food center that supports:

  • operating economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural enterprises
  • integrating a working farm with educational programs and cultural activities
  • building a sense of community around food - connecting people and schools with local farms
  • networking among farm-based education organizations

Our practices include:

  • grass-based farming and composting
  • minimizing erosion and water pollution
  • promoting livestock health through good nutrition and sanitation, and low-stress handling (Our dairy is Certified Humane.)
  • enhancing wildlife habitat
  • producing renewable energy