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Review of Moriarty Farms by TexasRealFood
Moriarty Farms, which is located in Dale, Texas, is a local, family-owned private farm. The farm raises chickens and ducks. The farm offers hatching eggs, farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs (sold by the dozen), 2-week-old chicks, roosters, chicken hens, laying hens, duck hens, and drakes, among others. Contact them if you want an updated list of what's available on the farm. An important aspect of this farm is its role as a rescue farm. They receive what they call "surrendered livestock." They take care of these animals and find a new home for them. They call it the rehome and rescue program. Judging by the fact that their rescue pens go full many times, it means they are doing important work. If you want to help the farm, they are accepting donations. It could be money or it could be something they can use on the farm, like seeds, like what West Coast Seeds have given the farm recently.
Crop rotation is the practice of growing a series of dissimilar crops or different types of crops in the same area in sequenced seasons. This is done so that the soil nutrients are preserved and not used only for one set of plants. It helps to reduce soil erosion and increases fertility and crop yield. With rotation, in contrast to monocropping, a crop that leaches the soil of one kind of nutrient is followed during the next growing season by a crop that returns that nutrient to the soil or draws a different ratio of nutrients. This also helps to mitigate pest and disease problems, and can help improve soil structure and fertility by increasing biomass from varied root structures. It is utilized in both conventional and organic farming systems and has been historically very prevalent since ancient times.
The term “grass fed” (as opposed to grain fed) refers to meat obtained from cows that were raised on a diet of grass and other forage, such as clover; situated in pasture and, when fresh grass is unavailable, hay. This helps to denote the difference between livestock that has been raised in feedlots and generally fed a diet of soy and corn, versus animals that have had access to their natural feeding environment in pasture, which contains grasses, wildflowers, and herbs. This term overlaps with “pasture-raised” and will usually be seen together. Grass-fed beef is also believed to taste better, and be better for the environment, too. There are several organizations that offer a certification for Grass Fed, such as the American Grassfed Association, Certified Grassfed by A Greener World, and Pasture for Life, to name a few.
Coined by Alan Savory, holistic management is an approach to managing resources in an agricultural setting. The term Holistic Management is trademarked to the Holistic Management International organization. At its core, the approach focuses mainly on livestock grazing in a way that is similar to cyclical grazing. This method means livestock are moved frequently from pasture to pasture, allowing for short periods of disturbance, followed by rest periods to allow for the grasslands to regenerate. Beyond grazing practices, Holistic Management also encompasses guidelines for decision making through six indicators: define what you are managing, define what you want now and for the future, watch for the earliest indicators of ecosystem health, don’t limit the management tools you use, test your decisions with questions, and monitor proactively. Additionally, Holistic Management relies on four principles. These are: that nature functions as a holistic community, that any agricultural practice must be adaptable to nature’s complexity, animal husbandry of domesticated species can be used as a substitute for a lost keystone species, and that time and timing is the most important factor in planning land use.
Also known as Integrated Pest Control, it is a broad-based approach that integrates practices for economic control of pests. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aims to suppress pest populations below the economic injury level. It is the careful consideration of all available pest control techniques and subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage the development of pest populations and keep pesticides and other interventions to levels that are economically justified and reduce or minimize the risks to human health and the environment. IPM emphasizes the growth of a healthy crop with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and encourages natural pest control mechanisms.
Monoculture is the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop, plant, or livestock species, variety, or breed in a field or farming system at a time. Monoculture is widely used in both industrial and organic farming. Monoculture has allowed for increased efficiency in planting and harvesting, while simultaneously increasing the risk of exposure to disease or pests. Continuous monoculture, or monocropping, is where agriculturalists raise the same species year after year - this can impact soil erosion, lead to a quicker buildup of pests and diseases which can spread rapidly.
Some of the businesses listed in our directory will be using the same principles as Certified Naturally Grown farmers, but without the certification. Certifications can often be expensive and time consuming for most farmers to participate in, and therefore we feel it is important to acknowledge those who practice good land stewardship, without certification.
Polyculture is a form of agriculture in which more than one species is grown at the same time and place in imitation of the diversity of natural ecosystems. Polyculture is the opposite of monoculture, in which only members of one plant or animal species are cultivated together. Polyculture has traditionally been the most prevalent form of agriculture in most parts of the world, and is growing back into popularity today due to its environmental and health benefits. There are many types of polyculture including annual polycultures such as intercropping and cover cropping, permaculture, and integrated aquaculture. It is advantageous because of its ability to control pests, weeds, and disease without major chemical inputs. It is considered a sustainable form of agriculture.
Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming. Some of its key focuses are topsoil regeneration, increased biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystems, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and improving the health and vitality of farm soil. Practices involved with regenerative farming include recycling as much farm waste as possible and adding composting materials from sources outside of the farm.