The mission of Greenacres is to create exceptional educational experiences for children in the areas of cultural arts, environment, and regenerative agriculture. We manage our farm to support this education and research. We are visited by over 30,000 school children annually. Greenacres adopted HMI practices many years ago in the management of our livestock and pastures where we always focus on the management of the farm as a whole. The foundation of our agriculture enterprise is a herd of Registered Black Angus that have been bred for performance is a grass finishing system. Since the early 1990s, Greenacres has been committed to multi-species grazing utilizing ruminants and poultry to balance manure input and control weeds and insects. Our livestock production methods produce a high-quality product that is sold locally, Our plant production systems include an 8,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and gardens that follow pre-1945 practices and living soil approach. All of these areas are supported by active in-house research teams and external research partnerships. One of our recent publications, in partnership with Michigan State University, focused on the nutritional analysis of beef marketed under a grass-fed label. We are advancing this study by focusing on the role production practices play on product outcomes and their relation to soil health. We are currently working with the University of Tennessee on introduction, establishment, and use of warm-season grasses in a beef production system. Other research projects include the monitoring of soil carbon; the use of pastured poultry to reduce tick populations; and the process of using hog impact to disrupt the growth of invasive plant species – all within a Holistically-Managed system. All of the work and decisions at Greenacres are in alignment with our mission and are evidence-based, i.e. supported through research and experience.
Our office will be on limited holiday hours from December 19, 2019 - January 1, 2020. Please allow extra time for inquiry responses and for online orders to be delivered. Thank you and Happy Holidays from HMI. Dismiss