September 21, 2013 · 3:00 PM
I am the organizer of the Madison Paleo Meetup group and am going to be hosting a small casual farm tour for that group and I thought I would extent the invitation to this group.
This summer I have been establishing a small sustainable farm on my parent’s property to experiment with. I plan on moving to another larger farm some day in the future. As for now I have a small herd of 12 meat goats that are being run through the forest to both produce meat and control the overrun brush problem we have been having. 18 years ago the forest was almost entirely dominate old growth forest that was very open and easy to walk through. It has since been taken over by the non-native and extremely invasive buckthorn tree as well as multifloral rose and many other obnoxious species. It is extremely difficult to walk through most of the forest now and removal using machinery is extremely costly and labor intensive and requires continual upkeep and possibly chemicals. But luckily buckthorn and multifloral rose happen to be two of my goat’s favorite foods and while they have just begun, the difference is astounding in some areas. I also have a donkey that lives with and guards the goats.
In addition have a herd of 7 Jersey and 2 Guernsey steers that are being rotated through the property using a management intensive grazing system which is a system that replicates wild migrations to create a more natural environment. This process promotes healthy animals and plant grow without the use of chemicals by growing topsoil and increasing organic matter in the soil. Of course it’s all just theory right now, as it’s just begun. All my animals are grain free.
Everyone will be able to get up close and visit with the animals and when the small farm tour is over we will be having a potluck cookout over a campfire. Expect a very casual tour, ask questions, pet the animals, and eat some food. Might be a good idea to bring something to drink. And some chairs if you plan to stay for the cookout.
Just in case you are curious the Paleo diet is based on the idea that we evolved to eat the same things that cavemen ate. So basically no processed food, sugar, grain… I won’t go into too much detail. You can bring anything you like to the potluck, but something real is recommended. Ask if you’d like to know more.