This past Wednesday we stopped by SpringMore Farm in Baltimore, VT. The sun was shining, the piglets were well… adorable as always, and we got some time to check in with owner John Lomachinsky about how things were going.
SILO’s relationship with SpringMore began back in early 2016 when we began purchasing cucumbers from their farm and donating our spent grain to their pigs.
As we wandered down to the electric green pasture to greet the Scottish Highlanders John filled us in on a certain myth.
“Sometimes cows get a bad rap, mostly because of confinement cows. They are actually great for the environment… farm animals in general, can take a swamp and turn it into a green pasture.”
If you’re like us, you might be asking… "um how??"
It’s the same idea as when you mow your lawn. When animals graze, trimming the grass, they allow the grass roots to decompose more frequently, thus creating richer organic matter in the soil. Add some chicken manure in, which is high in nitrogen, and you’ve got some healthy grass on your hands. But this doesn’t happen over night. This process can take up to 5 years before you see impactful results.
While at the farm we gawked at the newly born piglets. Because we're human after all.
And the chicks...
Some fun facts about John:
- His favorite time of year on the farm is Fall.
- Martha Stewart was once a regular at a farm he worked at in New York. She would pick pumpkins and buy her Christmas tree there.
- He met his wife (and co-owner) Becky on a farm when they were in college.
This July SpringMore will celebrate 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS. Congratulations!
Interested in learning about full circle farming and what that means? Look no further.