In the summer of 2017, Katherine and I purchased a new farm and began the monumental job of moving a family and a farming business. Our new farm is about four miles north of the town of Louisa in a spot called Ellisville. It is a 300+ acre farm that was in pasture and cattle probably since the house was built in 1920. In the recent past, in between the owners farming here and us purchasing it, the fields have been leased out to a grain farmer for growing corn and soybeans. The last crop of beans were harvested in December and we immediately seeded the farm into grass. This is a farm that should not be in crops. The land has some hills and parts are fairly steep. In the few years that the farm has been cropped, some major gullies have formed where gentle swales should be. We have plans to fix these areas and put them in perennial grasses to hold the soil in place. There are two major creeks and several branches running through the farm. We are going to fence the cattle out of the water to prevent contamination and erosion. We have plans with the NRCS to build miles of fence and install automatic waterers this coming year. With these practices and our careful planned grazing we will heal damage done to these fields, build topsoil and nutrition, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, all improving the environment while producing top quality grassfed beef. We are excited about all of this, and are looking forward to sharing our work and progress with our friends and customers.
We have put our Beaverdam farm up for sale and we will eventually let go of some of the leases on other farms. It will be great for our work and our family to have everything closer together. I had been commuting 45 minutes each way to manage cattle in three counties. I will not miss that. We are fencing 10 acres for horses and Katherine will continue her boarding business. We are leaving the two greenhouses in Beaverdam, but will probably build one out here eventually.