Welcome to the Swallowtail School and Farm’s newly awakened blog. Along with the amazing gifts and treasures that our school’s main campus offers, we are also blessed with a magical 25.4-acre piece of farm land that will soon be our home and resting place. A lot has been happening on our farm in recent months, so over the next week we will try and give a brief recap of some of the great things that have taken place before moving forward with weekly posts. The idea is to keep all of those interested abreast of what’s happening on our land, and connected to the plethora of learning opportunities that naturally develop on a living farm organism.
Nothing like a beautiful southern view, on a sunny winters day. To the right is our future annuals row cropping area presently in an oats and clover cover crop. Combined these two cover crops help with erosion control, nitrogen fixation, organic matter build up, and weed suppression. Surrounding that ¼ acre is another approximate ½ acre sowed in a native pasture mix. This will serve as the isles mix for our future perennials row cropping area. In the shadows rest our little trees from the 2011 Equip grant planting, and the remaining pasture awaits its future.
So we must look for a due distribution of wood and forest, orchard and shrubbery, and meadow-lands with their natural growth of mushrooms. This is the very essence of good farming, and we shall attain far more by such means, even if we reduce to some extent the surface available for tillage.
It is no true economy to exploit the surface of the earth to such an extent as to rid ourselves of all the things I have here mentioned in the hope of increasing our crops. Your large plantations will become worse in quality, and this will more than outweigh the extra amount you gain by increasing your tilled acreage at the cost of these other things. You cannot truly engage in a pursuit so intimately connected with Nature as farming is, unless you have insight into these mutual relationships of Nature’s husbandry.