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Mayberry Farm...Sustainability to Regenerative Farming
At Mayberry Farm we are working toward sustainability in how we run the farm and our  household.  From the wind turbine which provides part of our electrical power and the  vertical loop geothermal heating and cooling system that provides comfort inside our home... to the way we feed our livestock...we utilize sustainable resources when possible.  During Spring,  Summer and Fall our livestock grazes the vegetation on our property including ‘mowing’ along the entrance driveway.  All we have to do is close the front gate and activate the solar powered  electric fence to confine the livestock in the targeted grazing area. Yes, we still use fossil fuels and running a farm requires the use of heavy equipment.  However, that does not prevent us from utilizing sustainable resources whenever possible.  It just makes sense.  We’re taking our sustainable farming a bit further.  After months of research we moved forward with a regenerative approach utilizing cover crops to provide grazing for our livestock  as well as improving soil quality in order to make the best use of available moisture (rain and snow) and improving the natural forage at the same time.  Fall 2017, in order to preserve top soil we lightly scratched the surface of the land with a drag harrow then broadcast the seed onto the soil.  With some timely rain and the hooves of the sheep helping to work the seed into the soil we completed the planting process.  Spring 2018 we began harvesting these cover crops as forage for the livestock via managed grazing.  The summer heat was upon us and by early June and July hot temps and lack of rain dried up much of this forage.  Fortunately the back lower pastures were in better shape so we moved the sheep to those pastures.  Then...the rains came.  Mid July and into August we were fortunate to receive above average rain and the fields greened up nicely.  It made my  decision to spread additional seed during the dry time a good decision.  As of early August we had some very good mid/late summer grazing!  Fall 2018 a blend of annual ryegrass and triticale was  spread on most pastures.  Some late rains came and helped get this seed established.  The winter was mild until after the first of the year.  Snow came in ample supply and hopes were raised that grass would be plentiful.
August 2018
August 2018
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