The mission of Greenacres is to create exceptional educational experiences for children in the areas of cultural arts, environment, and generative agriculture. We manage our farm to support this education and research and, in a normal year, are visited by over 30,000 schoolchildren annually. Greenacres has adjusted education in the current Covid climate. The staff is providing videos and Zoom calls to classroom teachers. The education template shifted from classroom teachers bringing children to Greenacres to parents bringing children for Discovery Days.
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. We utilize social media to tell our story of generative practices and to encourage the local community to support these practices through our Farm Store and CSA. During Covid Greenacres increased garden and livestock production in order to meet current demands.
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 including grass-fed Registered Black Angus.
Our plant production systems include an 8,000 sq. greenhouse and gardens that follow pre 1945 practices and living soil approach. We are developing our own composting, and Integrated Pest Management practices. Greenacres is currently expanding our Greenhouse and have added multiple high tunnels for more educational opportunities as well as increased production. In 2021 our compost facility will be complete which is designed with an educational component so school children can see and learn about the process.
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