Foxhollow Farm is a 1300 acre farm that has 720 acres of Certified Biodynamic pasture fenced in for our herd to graze. This means that our grass and forage, primarily alfalfa and orchard grass, is never exposed to petroleum-based or conventional fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or any other “–cides”.
Instead, we bring life to the soil with compost made from our herd’s manure, straw, and hay. We apply the compost directly on our pasture. We also use Biodynamic preparations, compost teas with herbs and minerals to increase the vitality of our soil and grasses.
We use a “rotational grazing” system so our cattle always have plenty of fresh grass to eat. The idea is simple. Our herd grazes on one portion of our pasture while the remainder of our pastures rests and works on growing more fresh, healthy grass. The herd also does a very important job for us; the jerking and tearing of grass with each bite (and their saliva!) actually works to stimulate the roots and promote even more growth, in ways that a lawn mower just can’t do. Their manure is the best fertilizer we could ask for, and they spread it all over the pasture for us, trampling it into the soil with their hooves.
Since we began using this system hand-in-hand with Biodynamic methods, we’ve seen our soil become richer, more diverse in beneficial bug species, and more balanced in healthy grasses. Our sustained effort to revitalize the soil and pasture is part of our commitment to Biodynamics and to our cattle.
Our farm still has work to do – rebuilding an ecosystem is a lifelong project, involving a bit of science, a bit of experience, and a bit of trial and error as our living environment grows and breathes.