OUR FARM PRACTICES
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE FARMING?
Regenerative farming, in short, refers to farming practices that improve our environment. Regenerative farming aims to improve soil quality, sequester carbon, and increase biodiversity; as well as, reduce inputs, increase yields, and reduce pests and pathogens. Techniques utilized by regenerative farmers include rotational grazing, rotating crops, agroforestry, and no or low till practices. Regenerative farmers often use cover crops, mulch, and natural or organic pest and weed management. Regenerative farming is a multi-faceted approach to address common issues with modern agriculture.
THE PASTURE RAISED PROCESS
All of our pasture-raised chickens spend three weeks in a brooder designed for their comfort and safety. We utilize a deep bedding method to maintain a clean and comfortable environment. Chicks are fed non-gmo chick feed from a local mill. After three weeks fast-growing broilers have developed their mature feathers and can be moved into chicken tractors where they will enjoy pasture life until they are harvested. Our laying flock spends a bit more time maturing in the comfort of the brooder before they are moved into mobile coops that house them while they are moved onto fresh grass every day. Our broiler chicken tractors provide plenty of room for the birds to stretch their wings, forage, and be chickens! Like our mobile coops, chickens tractors are moved to fresh grass every day. This provides an optimal environment for healthy chickens; less illness and parasites, more fresh grass and seeds, and bugs for increased omega-3s.
REGENERATIVE ON ROCKING 5 S
At Rocking 5 S Farms, we utilize a rotational grazing system; Animals are moved daily on fresh paddocks in a system that improves pasture lands, builds soil, and keeps animals healthy. We aim for a closed system using permaculture techniques. This means we try to utilize any waste or by-product from one system to supplement another. For example; waste from winter animal bedding is used to make compost while soil and roots from spent microgreen trays are spread for the chickens to scratch through, further improving their diet and adding to soil stores on our farm. We use natural and organic pest and weed management such as mulching, tarping, and hand-pulling. We plant trees and are developing silvopasture. We are always attempting to improve our regenerative practices to better care for our lands, water sources, and local ecology. Keep an eye on our blog or social profiles for more examples of our regenerative practices.