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Here in New England we are blessed with a plethora of rocky, sloped soils. And though that means that we may never be the grain belt of America, these thin, marginal soils can grow some really great grass. In fact, the high mineral content and heavy rainfalls of our region suggest that grass-fed livestock may be one of the most sustainable agricultural uses of our land. According to New England Food Vision, grass-fed livestock ought to be a cornerstone for a sustainable New England food economy: “Of the 6 million acres of farmland in [New England], some 2 million are suitable only for pasture and orchard and another million are probably best suited for pasture and hay.” These 3 million acres are “an enormous unrealized agricultural resource, a place where New England’s soils and climate can show a real competitive advantage.”
We’ve come a long way since the early dawn days of Sir Albert Howard, J.I. Rodale, and those other pioneers that defined the threads of what has become organic agriculture. Just thirty years ago, it would have been inconceivable that the likes of Walmart and Stop & Shop would have an entire aisle of organic foods, or that pop icons like Oprah or Gwyneth Paltrow would be advocating for organic farming on TV.
Renee Toll-Dubois lost her job in the recession, after a decade of experience in environmental education and years of growing food organically at home. She realized she was on the start of a new path, and out of several interests and options, farming came out on top. Living in the Lowell area, Renee signed up for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Farm Business Planning Course.
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