What exactly is 'Sustainable Agriculture'?
It implies always leaving the land healthier and more productive after harvest than before. It has been defined as ‘ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.’
The health of our alpacas is first and foremost. We will always confer with our veterinarian and do what is best, which will most likely involve conventional medicines. That being said, we also feel that nature knows best, and we strive to raise our alpacas with as much natural, holistic methods as we can.
Best of all, alpacas have a very small impact on the environment they live in; they tread lightly on the earth. Fiber farms are a sustainable local resource.
Our veggies, fruit trees, and perennials are always grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or any commercial fertilizers. We use compost and seaweed to build and fertilize the soil, along with companion planting and rotation to deter insects. We are not striving for organic ‘certification,’ but all our growing methods reflect nature’s way.
Everything we grow and care for, from alpacas to plants and our pets, is grown with sunshine and lots of vitamin L. It is who we are.
Our future plan is to have our whole farm and house completely self-sustaining, ‘off the grid.’ Now that will be another story .................
One hears a lot about the rules of good husbandry; there is only one — leave the land far better than you found it. ~ George Henderson, The Farming Ladder