We have partnered with Wild Hope Farm to offer organic produce boxes that can be delivered to your door! (We currently cannot deliver to Charleston and Columbia customers due to workflow limitations, but we hope to be able to soon.)
We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Farm Day on October 23 from 10am – 2pm! We are building a list of vendors that will be on site, and we are offering FREE hay ride farm tours at the top of each hour. (Arrive at about (9:45am if you want to be on the 10am tour.) Our store will also be open for your shopping needs.
More details will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. We hope to see you then!
Native grasses, new tools, and customers like you make better farmers
There’s trend taking hold in the Southern plains of the U.S. that we should all pay attention to: farmers converting cropland to pasture. This trend is outlined in this informative article in the New York Post.
It is fairly well-known that the Ogallala Aquifer has been drying up for decades as crop farmers pulled out massive quantities of water for irrigation. As groundwater diminishes the economics of farms are finally catching up with the ecological capacity of the once-abundant natural resources in this region.
We would like to take a moment to remember the victims and families affected by the 9/11 attacks. That day is still a strong and terrifying memory for us and so many others. God bless the USA.
Chances are that even as the informed consumer that you are, you may not have thought much about the topic of discussion that we’ll touch on today. Nevertheless, one thing that we like to do with this newsletter is to give a deeper look into pasture based farming which not only helps to educate others, but also gives you confidence in Watson Farms through the realization that we don’t just give you the common talking points about grass-fed beef and other pastured proteins, but that we actually put into practice many important methods that mimic nature and allow our products to exceed your expectations.
So a strategy that we have to evaluate every month or so with our cow herd is the rate at which we move them over the pasture. While we move them pretty much every day, we vary the size of the paddock in order to provide the desired impact on the cattle and the grass. Larger paddocks allow more selectivity for the cattle which produces better gains, but the more of the forage is left standing. Smaller paddocks concentrate the cattle thereby trampling more grass and forcing them to eat the grass lower. Larger paddocks also have the result of moving the herd over the pasture quicker, while smaller ones are great when we need to stretch our forage supply out.