More Than Just A Place To Stay... A Place To Learn
Sustaining an Alpine Meadow Cycle
When we look at our pastures, we see more than just grass. Instead, we strive for a healthy mix of
"nitrogen fixers", "nutrient accumulators", and "carbon sequesters". That's the lens of "Permaculture". That's how we
build tilth on a mountain plateau, in an area known more for its quarries and gravel. Toss in a few select herbs and naturally
occurring native species plants and we achieve a good balance for a meadow ecology that can support grazers. Then, rotate the herd
through the pasture grazing season and maintain the meadow.
With Permaculture we apply the concept of "Edge" as we use native
species like blackberry to create hedge/forage rows. The humans learn how to "nudge" the "Edges", and we control the succession
to primary forest.
Our concept of ecology extends all the way down to the microbe level. Simple practices around the barn
allow us to control the good and the bad in a natural, and balanced manner. Compost is used in our gardens and grow beds and
returned right back to the meadow. Our flock of chickens are indispensable in this equation. The Chicken Tractor can be seen
running during grazing season following the herd and our friendly coop hens are always fun to watch at work.
All our farm practices
are transparent to the public. As a demo farm, guests and visitors are able to engage and learn. Explore our blog for many companion
articles we have published!
Paca Pride is a Permaculture Homestead that seeks to espouse the best farm practices for the public to see in operation.
Winning the coveted "Merit Farm" Award from the Conservation District in 2008 and 2012, all guests and visitors to the ranch
always leave with some nugget of knowledge about Permaculture, Rotational Grazing, Animal Husbandry, Chicken Coops and Chicken Tractors,
Sustainable Land Use, Low Impact Livestock, Tilth Building Strategies, and the most popular of topics: The production of Barley Fodder
Micro-Greens for the herd's winter diet. Farm Tours are always free to the public! Schedule your group for a visit!
Barley Fodder Micro-Greens and our Grow Trays Visit our fodder room where we grow micro-greens for our herd's winter diet. We
offer "Fodder Primers" (during fodder season), a 2.5 hour seminar for those who are considering adding this strategy to their
livestock operation. Call for pricing and schedule.
Send us an email to request a quote for our grow trays we sell and get started
producing fodder for your livestock! Check our blog for more information on the grow trays we sell.
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Sustainable land use design based upon ecological and biological principles seeking to create a stable and productive ecology that benefits the land, the animals, and the humans.