Congratulations to Tricia Park of Creekside Farms. Tricia is a graduate of HMI’s Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast program. She also recently hosted a HMI Open Gate Learning event at her farm in New York. Tamara Jean Scully from Country Folks magazine wrote the article. Here’s an excerpt….
The key to their success is grass. Managing pastures for better forage has led to increased weight gain, decreased need for inputs on the farm, and “high-quality, pasture-raised meats” sold directly to customers via a meat CSA, the farm store and an online farmers’ market. The family practices Holistic Management, considering the health of the land, the animals, the community and the family — which includes being profitable and having time for non-farming respites — when managing and setting goals for the farm.
Their farm, purchased in May, 2011, had been planted in alfalfa hay for years. The soil was bare. Moss was growing everywhere. They began to improve the pasture quality, so it could support their animals. Today, they graze much of year, stockpile forages, and use minimal off-farm inputs. Be sure to read the entire article on the Country Folks website.