What a weekend!
Trying to summarize the last three days would be impossible. Jon and I made the 4 1/2 hour trip over to Greenville, Tx for this years American Pastured Poultry Producers Association ( APPPA) 2019 Conference. Monday and Tuesday were spent picking the brains of some of the largest producers in the pastured poultry industry. There were classes dedicated to employee management, farming in extreme weather ( hello south Louisiana winter!) feed control and getting to tour the USDA inspected facility at the Windy Meadows Family Farm. Being able to be on the grounds at Windy Meadows was truly a fascinating experience. We both learned so much during the tour and really enjoyed getting to see their roto-composter that turns the plant waste into a nutrient dense compost that you can use for gardening, field application, etc. It’s something that we are really looking to introduce to Greener Pastures in 2019 since we are growing out of our current set-up.
APPPA has been a wonderful organization to be a part of for the farm. They have a bi-monthly publication called APPPA Grit that contains a wealth of information that is delivered straight to your inbox. They also have a Farmer Directory where you can type in your location to see if there is a farm near you!
We both left the conference inspired for this new year! There have been several projects that were placed on the backburner at the farm in the last few years that we will be bringing back up to the work table to make them happen.
What’s up at the farm?
Like a typical Louisiana winter the weather has been so unpredictable. Sudden rainstorms popping up have made the farm roads muddy as can be. The animals have done incredibly well through all of this this. They laying hens have slacked on production some since the days are so short so we are all looking forward to this spring to say the least. Another batch of piglets were born on Tuesday right before the rain hit. The mama has done an exceptional job at keeping them dry and warm. The big pigs are enjoying the ground being saturated so they can dig deep to get the roots of the turnips that we had in the spring mix the fields were planted in. All of the air and grass being turned over will do wonders for the soil health in that section. It’s not one past that we can put the chickens on so we rely on the pigs to keep it fertilized.