September 27th 2011
Give a read to 'THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING HUMUS' pdf
September 18th 2011
We've been on our hill top farm here in northern Vermont since 1976. Lots has happened since then. We began as back to the land homesteaders 35 years ago. Our intention was to be self sufficient - to feed ourselves and our livestock a complete and varied homegrown diet. It has been a wonderful adventure. We have learned so much and have become full scale organic farmers along the way.
We have succeeded in growing lots of good wholesome food for ourselves and others. Since 1977 we've grown wheat and other grains. Eating our own whole wheat bread slathered with butter from our own Jersey cows is about as close to real wealth as you can get. Seed independence has been another one of my goals over the years. In the past three decades we have learned to save our own seed. We are now able to plant our own wheat, barley, oats, spelt, soy beans and dry bean seed. We don't have to buy seed from any corporate entity.
True soil fertility and nutrient dense food is another one of my interests and passions. I've been experimenting with compost and various mineral rock powders since I first started farming. Life has been fun. I've taken so much inspiration from all of the people I have met over the years.
So stay tuned. I will tell you what I think and try. I want to work on climate issues by taking as much carbon dioxide from the sky as I can lock down into the earth in the form of humus and organic matter. I'm also writing a book about grain growing called Amber Waves of New England. Check back in now and then and let me know what you think by email Jack@butterworksfarm.com