As a Biodynamic farm, we try as much as possible to close the cycle of fertility on Remembrance Farm. Cows, sheep, chickens, ducks and pigs play a crucial role in that cycle, transforming grain and pasture into food for the vegetable crops at the center of our rotation. The meat, milk, eggs, and fiber they produce are delicious and wonderful by-products of the fundamental synergy of crops and animals on the farm.
Elexis Vesely (LilyRoot) manages all of our animal enterprises. She joined Remembrance Farm in 2015. An accomplished artist and educator, she has brought magical energy to our farm, tending animals we know next-to-nothing about, beautifying our herb and flower gardens, protecting the crops with her two statuesque polar-bear-dogs, maintaining the tidiness of our vegetable packing house, transforming our farm office into an art installation, and engaging our children on the farm with boundless energy.
We have about 100 hens of many different breeds bred for laying on a pasture-rich diet, who graze our cover crop fields in
rotation with our vegetables. They are truly pasture-raised, on grass during the growing season and housed in a greenhouse
during the winter. They eat 100% organic feed, a combination of whole
grains that we grow on our farm specifically for them, some nutritional
supplements to balance their ration, and lots of bugs, seeds, and fresh
greens that they forage from our fields. They lead a true
"chicken's life," as we let them express their essential nature as much
as possible! Currently our eggs are not for sale, but we are interested in breeding chicks for sale for backyard flocks!
We have a cow herd of about 20 head, a mix of Kerry and Devon breeds. These breeds are bred for both dairy and meat uses, although so far on our farm they are most prized for their ability to turn pasture into fertilizer, the beauty they add to our farmscape, the farm chores they supply for our children, and the grounded energy they bring to our whole farm cycle. We have hopes of operating a small dairy operation in the near future. For now, we have meat for sale whenever we honor a cow--website for ordering biodynamic beef coming soon :)
Our herd of Icelandic sheep increases every year, as does Elexis's knowledge about harvesting their fiber. We look forward to collaborating further with Sarah Gotowka of Luna Fiber Studio in Trumansburg, who currently grows her dye plants on our farm.