Here are the3 new beds of squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. (L to R.) That is the tomato hoophouse and some healthy weeds growing on the left hand side. The plants in the front are young "Autumn Beauty" sunflowers. We'll have pretty sunflowers in the garden in a few weeks! The black lines in the front are the main irrigation lines with small irrigation lines running into the beds of plants.
Pastured Beef: We are working with our family friend and farming mentor, Jace, to raise some grass based and organically fed beef. Jace is a longtime family friend, helpful farmer, and the landowner where our main vegetable fields and sheep pastures are. We have helped to create a beef raising protocol with him to create healthy, lean, and tasty beef. The beef steers and heifers that we have out on the pasture right now are grazing and enjoying a small ration on 100% certified organic grain for optimal growth and healthy beef quality. We have worked with our certified organic feed supplier to create a ration that is low in corn and 100% certified organic, so no GMOs or chemicals in the feed. These animals are still always grazing on fresh grass, moving frequently, to ensure that the grain is a minimal part of their diet.
Adapted from Passionate Vegetarian, 2002.