January 2016 Story Pole Notes

Matthew and Malaika have survived their first full year of farming (thanks to lots and lots of help from family, neighbors, friends). Since returning to the farm in the fall of 2014, they have gathered 1 Asher dog, 2 oxen, 4 dairy cows, 4 steers, 10 pigs, 4 sheep, and a partridge in a pear tree. 

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Malaika Whitney
Diversifying Grass-fed: Perennial Legumes, Grasses, and Herbs

We recently planted the field north of the farmstead with a perennial pasture mix. Last year we planted hay fields, and this will be our first pasture planting. We based this mix from of the suggestions of Newman Turner, a farmer from the U.K, who in his lifetime, wrote a lot about diverse herbal pastures, and the importance of offering to your livestock the greatest diversity of plant species possible, so that what they eat may be their food and also their medicine. Most commercial pasture mixes contain 3 or 4 types of grass and legumes. This mix includes 18 species of grasses, legumes, and herbs:

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Malaika Whitney
Story Pole Notes

Through Story Pole Press we will begin to share stories of our farming adventures, reflections, and endeavors that encompass our daily work and lifestyle. Matthew and I are winding down (and bundling up) from our first year of farming, and beginning to reflect on all that the past seasons have brought. Yes, the seasons of fall, winter, spring, and summer, but also the micro seasons within these defined by when the maple sap runs,  or when the nuts fall, or when the sheep are sheared, or when the hay is ready to be cut. However, before I dig any further into our experiences, I'd first like to explain the meaning and significance of the name Story Pole Press

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Malaika Whitney