Vision & Mission

We work to care for the soil and promote plant, animal, and human health. And we believe that 21st century knowledge and technology enable humans to find better ways of healthy living.

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What does “organic” mean?

 

In order to be deemed USDA “organic,” a farm must undergo specific criteria and regulations for approved methods of environmental health, animal welfare, and what synthetic and non-synthetic materials may be used. Unfortunately, in many cases organic products, especially the soybeans used in livestock feed, are shipped from as far as China and India. The act of importing these products defeats the goal of sustainability, and causes a large carbon footprint in its path.

 

Although we are not certified organic, we embrace this movement and all efforts toward more sustainable and localized food production.

What does “sustainable” mean?

 

At WSF we are part of a localized food system that keeps money in the local economy and increases our regional food security. We encourage you to visit the farm and see for yourself how our animals and crops are raised.

 

To be fully sustainable, the best kind of “organic” pesticide is no pesticide at all. Our focus is to promote the health of the plants, soils, and animals, by choosing proper species, crop rotation methods, and sustainable farming techniques. We believe that eradication methods of any kind are not only unnecessary, but potentially damaging to the eco-system. For us, sustainable means that we farm in a way that can be done for many generations.

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How We Practice Sustainability

 

  • Our animals are raised humanely in an environment that allows them the freedom and space to express their unique natural qualities and gifts: A sheep is allowed to graze, a chicken to scratch around, and a pig to root.
  • Vegetables and fruits are grown the natural way, using only good old-fashioned compost.
  • Manure from the animals is composted and worked back onto the fields and into the vegetable gardens.
  • We use cover crops and mulch, particularly the innovative practice of recycled cardboard mulch, to further build soil quality and prevent erosion.

 

Most of us are only a few generations removed from our agricultural roots. Our ancestors did not have the option to farm with synthetic chemicals and fertilizers. Our modern system of food production, with widespread use of heavy machinery and reliance on chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, has only been dominant since World War II. This shift from ecological farming to chemical-based farming brought with it an entire change of what is considered normal. What was simply known as “agriculture” before the 1940s is now called “organic agriculture.”

 

Many of today’s food systems supply food for us that is cheap and convenient, but also exploits animals, natural resources and human labor. Increasingly, more people are paying attention to where their food comes from and how it is grown. With this cultural shift, we at Woodstock Sustainable Farms are taking the opportunity to pick up where our great-grandparents left off, farming with practices that are based on pre-industrial agriculture.

OUR MISSION

 

We believe 21st century knowledge and technology enable humans to find better ways of healthy living.

 

The necessary fundamentals of survival are food, water, fuel, and shelter. The elements of those fundamentals – production, processing, distribution – can be localized, increasing proximity to major population centers. In addition, technological advances impart an exceptional level of efficiency to traditional practices, ensuring our society’s long term sustainability and self-sufficiency.

 

Our mission is two-fold: the successful operation of a small farm that utilizes best practices to optimize the available resources; and sharing our knowledge with others. We believe hundreds of similar enterprises can be established to help accelerate this transformation.

 

Woodstock Sustainable Farms seeks to help with this revolution by demonstrating, educating, and being an incubator of new ideas that work to deliver a better society.

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