How Pastures Learn

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We arrived on this farm with some vines.  Never, ever planning or paying for vine rights, the ability to do vines was transferred and our vines culled.  Don’t worry, more pasture for the cows.  The vine bidness is a bidness we never want to go with.  So the rights were sold off and we carry on with grass-fed beef.

As it is still gloomy and not so Springy, I went back in the photo archives to capture where we started and where we are trending.  Vines, vines all around.

Taken down without a sound.  But look around,  beautiful pasture for those abound.  Mostly our cattle, but also those deer and pigs and worms.  Don’t forget the worms.  I know they are ugly, but worms are essential for fertility.  I’m still waiting for  the “Save The Worm” campaign.  If only they had a fluffy tail.

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We seeded and grazed this pasture for a few years now.  Learning each month what is needed.  Green seems to be popular.  Grazing is working, but we are planning the next few months what this side of the farm needs.

Each day, each month, each year, we learn how pasture learns.  How this farm will continue growing and supplying food for cattle or other livestock or people in an efficient way.

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9 thoughts on “How Pastures Learn

    • Jean Curtis March 24, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Great question! I can only offer a simple answer. If you want to make wine with grapes, you pay a certain amount for vines growing on your land. There is much more to this, but if your goal is pasture for cows, let’s get rid of this commitment. Pasture is cheaper to hold than vines. There is so much more to this question, but here is a start.

    • grasspunk March 25, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      There are subsidies for owning vines, but you have to own the rights to that subsidy. If the vines are old (like those were) there’s a big subsidy to replant them. You can sell these rights to a subsidy on the market for a standard price. When we bought the farm the price was reduced by the cost of the vine subsidies, which were sold on and new vines planted somewhere else.

  1. Koen March 24, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Great article 🙂

    • Jean Curtis March 24, 2015 / 6:54 pm

      thanks. It’s nice to look back one or two years and see how things are going.

  2. Cecilia Mary Gunther March 25, 2015 / 1:09 am

    Good farmers are really Grass Gardeners.. I guess you and your Bloke are like that.. I LOVE to sit in a beautiful healthy varied pasture.. c

  3. Heartwalk Counseling March 26, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Beautifully written reflecting humility as nature is the Teacher !! Missing your family !

    Carol is coming down to see mom ,the a Wizard of Oz party ! Sent from my iPad

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