A Closed Loop farming system is influenced by biodynamic principles in which the farm ecosystem can rely on the soil,
plants, animals and earthly influences for health, productivity, for holism.
Nothing needs to be brought in, and there is no “waste” to remove.
Our farm is certified Organic by the Oregon Department of Agriculture,but we go above and beyond Organic,
read on to learn how.
Some of the grains we grow Organically are harvested as feed for the pigs and the chickens, and some are saved for replanting the next season. In this way, we are growing regionally/climate adapted seeds that are resilient to drought, weather and climatic extremes, and resilient to pest pressure.
We do not use any synthetic fertilizers, only manure and cover crops for fertility.
We rotate our crops and our animals prescriptively, with care and forethought.
Highly diverse cover crops are planted in the fall after our summer harvests. They grow all winter and maximize the winter precipitation. Cattle then graze the cover crops, followed by the chickens in the summer. The pigs are also rotationally grazed on different sections of pasture through the growing season. The manure and ammonia rich urine fertilize the soils, adding beneficial fungal and bacterial life to the soil which feeds the microbes.
The grazing stimulates a growth response in the roots of the plants which creates more organic matter in the soil.
The symbiotic nutrient cycle of plants and animals create vitality and health in the soils which no synthetic fertilizer could compare to.