Friday, November 16, 2012

Our Farm:

Our Farm: 

           Here at The Shire Farm, we believe that in agriculture our primary goal should be health. By nurturing and managing the health and integration of all parts of the farm—the soil, plants, animals, even the insects—we can improve our own health, revive and revitalize the health of our soil and our communities. Our aim is to develop our farm into as closed a system as is possible—providing our own feed, fertilizers, pest control, and eventually energy.
          2013 will be The Shire Farm’s first year; we will be offering fresh and local vegetables, eggs, and chicken at Farmer’s Markets in Greenville, Sheridan, and Ionia Michigan. We will also be offering vegetable shares and egg shares, in the Community Supported Agriculture model , which we will be releasing more details about soon! In the future we plan on expanding into pork and milk shares.
          All produce is grown sustainably and naturally, with no use of synthetic chemicals. We will be using a blend of permaculture, organic agriculture and management intensive rotational grazing, and welcome questions about our methods and practices!

Our Mission:
The Shire Farm aims to supply the local community with a fresh supply of naturally and responsibly produced vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat and poultry products while establishing a sustainable balance with the environment.

What is a Shire?
From the Dictionary:
  1. A county, esp. in England.
  2. Used in reference to parts of England regarded as strongholds of traditional rural culture, esp. the rural Midlands.

Or from the Shire you may be more familiar with, and an inspiration of ours, J.R.R. Tolkien:
Hobbits have been living and farming in the four Farthings of the Shire for many hundreds of years quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of the Big Folk. Middle-earth being, after all, full of strange creatures beyond count Hobbits must seem of little importance being neither renowned as great warriors nor counted among the very wise.
In fact, it has been remarked by some that Hobbits' only real passion is for food. A rather unfair observation as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe-weed.
But where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet and good, tilled earth. For all Hobbits share a love of things that grow. And, yes, no doubt to others, our ways seem quaint. But today of all days, it is brought home to me, It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.”
-The Fellowship of the Ring, The Movie.

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