A huge element of our Regenerative Farm Program is soil building. Tim MacAller from Four Leaf Farm is coaching us on ways we can bring our soils to their greatest potential. He and herd manager Allison Sturgill are discussing topsoil depth, carbon sequestering, and tillage pros and cons.
For 20 years we have been improving our soil with our intensively managed grazing (more on this in a coming blog). We’ve raised the pH of the soil to about 6.8 which will produce a bounty of legumes and grasses. We’ve mineralized the pastures for the health of the soil and the health of the cows. But we’ve never measured “life in the soil,” which is so incredibly vital to reaching the full potential of our pastures.
Now we are poised to enhance our soils with our own composted manure (more on our new Aerobic Static Composting in yet another upcoming entry!). And we’re also preparing to measure, on a yearly basis, our progress in building our soils. We’re grateful to A Greener World for the inspiration to take these additional steps to providing the best possible nutrition to the cows! And a big thanks to Tim for contributing his expertise!