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Farming Practices

We have established a fully integrated livestock system here at Restoration Acres Farm with the goal of replicating this system in the form of education and partnerships with customers and other farmers.

There are many problems and challenges related to the complex concept we label as “farming.” These challenges are namely in regards to:

  •  Land Management
  •  Animal Husbandry
  •  Health
  •  Community

These categories are typically thought of as segregated from or exasperated by today’s farming. However, our fully integrated livestock system is a farming practice that fulfills rather than depletes these systems.

 

Fundamental goals for all enterprises at Restoration Acres Farm

1. Land

Restoration Acres Farm’s foundation is to restore the land. All daily activities aim to accomplish this via direct land management using livestock. This is the foundation because without healthy, deep, rich soil none of our other core goals can be accomplished. The restoration of the land will foster an integrated landscape where wildlife habitat is improved, where the resources of the land will increase in abundance for humans, farm livestock and wildlife. We respect all levels of life from the worms in the ground to the song birds in the trees and everything in between.

2. Animal Husbandry

Because our focus is restoring the land and we are instituting systems that work with the template of creation instead of against it, the result is sound animal husbandry that is fulfilling to us and the beings under our care.  The animals are given environments throughout their entire lives that give them the freedom of full expression. This full expression, orchestrated by the farmers, is the key to our soil-building, land-restoring endeavors.

3. Health

Our focus being on land restoration through orchestrated full animal expression in turn produces a superior end product. You are what you eat. If animals are stressed, sick, eating poorly, and kept alive with antibiotics without fresh air or exercise, then that’s exactly what goes into your own body. When the land and animals are respected, the end result is a product superior in taste, texture, and nutrition with a myriad of health benefits.

4. Community

When the land is being restored through the orchestrated full expression of animals, the people’s lives are enriched by nutrient dense food which ultimately allows for the healthy formation of community. Community is formed in many ways around this land, animal and people-respecting food:

  • Face to face interaction with our customers through direct marketing
  • Creating working opportunities within the farm community – we were never meant to do it all alone!
  • Providing families with whole food that promotes health and sharing meals together.

Financially Sustainable Farm Business

All of these ingredients together promotes a farm business that can and has to stand on its own two feet financially. There are no subsidies, no middle men (distributors, advertisers, etc.) and no corporate overhead costs. You, as the consumer, become an irreplaceable part of our success and every single food dollar you spend with us goes towards the accomplishment of all of our core goals!

Click on the links below to learn more about each enterprise

Pastured Chickens

Our broiler chickens enjoy a fresh array of lush grasses and nutritious bugs every. single. day.

Pastured Pigs

Our pigs are in hog-heaven at our farm. Learn how they help us build soil and grow grass while doing what they love to do.

Pastured Turkeys

Turkeys are active grazers eating copious amounts of grass and bugs. Our turkeys are given plenty of room to run, hunt and be themselves.  

100% Grass Fed Lambs

Our sheep don’t eat grain. They eat fresh grasses from our lush pastures which is what they were created to eat. Learn more about how we are sequestering carbon and building soil with our growing sheep herd.  

Our Mission Statement

“To operate a farm business which is financially sustainable and viable and that restores the land through orchestrated, full animal expression and by doing so enriches the lives of the people around us through healthy food and community.”

Partner Farms

Building a resilient local food community

Find some of their products in our online farm store!

Pastured Eggs 

Learn about the farming practices of our friends at Mountain Run Permaculture. They grow the regions finest pastured eggs in their permaculture apple orchard.

100% Grass Fed Beef

Learn about our friends at Mountain Run Farm and their intensive rotationally grazed, mob stocked grass fed beef herd. Also learn how we are building communtiy together here in Sedalia, VA.

Local Veggies & Breads

Learn about our friends at Great Day Gardens and their intensive market garden. They focus on soil health and no-till production.