Grass farming

So, after a long hiatus, I’ve decided to reboot this blog. When doing so, it’s often hard to know where to start, so I decided to start with the question we get asked most often: Why don’t we mow our grass? … Continue reading

So, after a long hiatus, I’ve decided to reboot this blog. When doing so, it’s often hard to know where to start, so I decided to start with the question we get asked most often: Why don’t we mow our grass?

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The short answer to that question is that our “messy” “ugly” yard that makes our “farm look abandoned” is what real sustainable stewardship looks like. Because we’re not mowing our yard, we’re not spending money on grass mowing, not producing the byproducts of grass mowing, and are providing habitat for all sorts of native species.

But, honestly, the answer is more complicated than that. Yes, we are doing all of those things, but it turns out we’re also grass farmers. Our primary occupation at Innisfree is raising animals for food, and it turns out most of our animals eat grass. When I see a yard, I see a pasture, even if it’s one right up next to my house.

In a manner of speaking, we do mow our grass. We just do it sustainably with animals instead of mowers and gas. For us, the results are worth the “mess”.

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What don’t they eat?

Goats eat.  A lot.  And with 5 of them, they can demolish a lot of greenery in a short period of time.  Here’s an example – we have the goats on our west hill, which hasn’t been mowed or grazed … Continue reading

Goats eat.  A lot.  And with 5 of them, they can demolish a lot of greenery in a short period of time.  Here’s an example – we have the goats on our west hill, which hasn’t been mowed or grazed for 5+ years, so it’s very grown over:

 

Enter the goats – this picture is after 5 days of goat demolition:

And after 7 or so days, here’s the carnage:

As you can see, there is a lot of thatch and dead grass, but after another year of goats working it over, this area will be looking much better and be growing better grass for the goats to eat!

And as to what greenery goats won’t eat – there is a type of low-growing ground cover (found especially under our pine trees) that they just don’t like.