Summer is here..and the critters are grazing!

Main fields at the home farm

Main fields at the home farm

Time is flying and summer is officially here with the 4th of July weekend just around the corner. Things are in full swing at the farm with critters in many fields around town, several chicken harvests under our belts, fresh eggs everywhere, and even a few fresh greens in the farm store.

We continue to have many projects lined up to further improve the farm and continue to make Codman a beautiful and productive farm for folks to visit and enjoy.

In the coming weeks we will be profiling a different topic...this week...COWS!  Read on!

Cows at Farm Meadow

farmmeadow

Did you know that Codman Farm manages a twenty acre field just over the railroad tracks from Codman Estate?  We do!  For many years the farm has used this field for hay but in 2017 we worked with the town Conservation Department and local bird advocates to transition the use of this field from hay to grazing.  We set up almost twenty thousand linear feet of electric fencing and transformed the field into a oblong donut of separate paddocks sorrounding a large 5.5 acre protected area for grassland birds to safely nest. 

Map of paddocks for rotational grazing

Map of paddocks for rotational grazing

The concept, which is now working beautifully, was to respect the habitat needed for the migrating birds but to also allow the farm to have more land to graze our cattle on.  Keep in mind there is no power or water in this field so we had to create systems to manage the cattle in this remote field and then maintain these systems to ensure the plan would work...and it is!  

Red Devon beef cattle grazing in Farm Meadow field, Lincoln, MA

Red Devon beef cattle grazing in Farm Meadow field, Lincoln, MA