Nate's Farm Tour

  • September 21, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • Nate's farm

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.

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  • Nate

    Glad you and the kids enjoyed it so much Leah! It was a great time. Look forward to seeing you again at another event.

    September 23, 2013

  • Leah

    This was a very fun event.

    September 23, 2013

  • Nate

    Jessica,

    Yes you can bring your daughter on the tour. We won't be around the animals the entire time. I would just recommend holding her while we are near the animals none are aggressive but their behavior is never totally predictable. The donkey is super sweet, but I saw her get stung by a bee once and she went crazy running around frantically bucking and kicking. It was pretty much the story of Ferdinand the bull. Also I visited my goats today and while they are normally quite calm and docile they have gone into heat and seem to have a bit more intensity about them. Mainly between the two bucks which are fighting for dominance. But yes if you use common sense I see no reason not to. Hope to see you there.

    September 13, 2013

    • Jessica G

      Thanks! We will be there. I hear you about unpredictable. I have worked with livestock and horses for many years - have the scars, broken rib and concussion to show for it;-) Healthy respect here. Your farm sounds great.

      September 14, 2013

    • Jessica G

      Last minute change - my daughter is going to be with her dad. So it's just me.

      September 20, 2013

  • Nate

    In case anyone has trouble finding the place or if you arrive late (so I can tell you where we are on the farm) my number is[masked]

    September 19, 2013

  • Nate

    Awesome! I look forward to seeing you there. I'm sure your kids will love the animals.

    September 16, 2013

  • Leah

    I would like to attend with my 2 kids, a 7 and 10 year old. I love farms. Thank you for sharing.

    September 16, 2013

  • Jessica G

    Would it be OK if I brought my 22 month old daughter on this tour? My parents have a farm so we're extra cautious around livestock. I'm very interested in finding out more about your farm!!
    Jessica

    September 12, 2013

  • Nate

    I'm not trying to convert people to a paleo diet. It was merely a note that this event is also open to another group and I thought I would leave a brief note to those that didn't know what it was. You don't have to be paleo, or even interested in it to attend. The focus was the sustainable farming which fits the parameters of this group.

    September 12, 2013

  • Charlie T.

    Those interested in a paleo diet might want to consider this article that appeared last year on Scientific American's blog.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    “Which paleo diet should we eat? The one from twelve thousand years ago? A hundred thousand years ago? Forty million years ago? If you want to return to your ancestral diet, the one our ancestors ate when most of the features of our guts were evolving, you might reasonably eat what our ancestors spent the most time eating during the largest periods of the evolution of our guts, fruits, nuts, and vegetables—especially fungus-covered tropical leaves.”

    “Our bodies did not evolve to be in harmony with a past diet. The evolved to take advantage of what was available. If the best diet we can, with billions of dollars invested in nutritional studies, stumble upon is the one that our ancestors of one or another stage happened to die less when consuming, we are in trouble.”

    Here’s the link: www.tinyurl.com/c64zr6o

    September 12, 2013

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