There are probably as many different farming methods as there are farms. When we started farming, we committed ourselves to practices that promote health in our animals, fertility in our soil and satisfaction in our customers. This means that we don't often do things the 'easy way', like spraying crops or confining animals, which have lowered food costs for years on other farms. We believe in strengthening the health of our soil as a way to produce healthy and tasty vegetables, so to add fertility to our fields, we use intensive crop rotation, cover crops, and composted manure from our animals. We grow hardier, heirloom vegetables whenever possible as a way to increase food diversity. We believe in the highest standards of animal husbandry practices. Our pigs spend their days rooting in our woodlot, wallowing in mud, and sunning themselves on pasture. Our sheep and goats eat exclusively grass, which is their natural food source and which keeps them healthy and happy. We rotate their pastures daily, so that the fields don't get exhausted and our herds are always on fresh grass. Our chickens are in 'chicken tractors' which are mobile coops that we move every morning. This allows them protection from predators, access to pasture, and fresh air while being protected from inclement weather. These practices are what we believe make a farm sustainable in the long run, by reducing environmental degradation and producing the highest quality food available. The trade-off for this position can often be the price of our products. To help us keep our costs down, since food should be affordable, consider buying a CSA share, paying with cash or a check, bringing back your egg cartons, and supporting us during the winter and spring when costs can be high and income low. Our goal is to improve our land each year and leave it in better health than when we started farming.