1. Adding Meat to Your Potatoes
Diversifying your vegetable operation to include one or more species of livestock can be an attractive option. Not only do livestock offer another income stream, they also provide weed and pest control services as well as improvements to soil fertility. Dominic Palumbo of Moon in the Pond Farm located in Sheffield, Mass. has experience with numerous species, including bovines, sheep, goats, swine and various types of poultry. He will cover the challenges and successes of integrating livestock with fresh market vegetables.
Moon in the Pond is nestled on a quiet and picturesque dirt road in the southern Berkshire. Raising food naturally and sharing the experience has been a strong and growing commitment throughout the farm’s 15-year history. Dominic offers tours of the farm and short or longer-term workshops, internships, and programs. His farm elegantly weaves together history (with heritage breed livestock and heirloom vegetables and select traditional farming methods) with contemporary technology. The heritage breeds raised on this farm have included: Jersey dairy cows, Scottish Highland beef cattle, Large Black pigs, Dorset sheep, Lineback oxen, Pilgrim geese, Narragansett turkeys, King pigeons, and various chickens.
In addition to sharing how to integrate vegetable and livestock production systems so each benefits from the presence of the other, Dominic also will touch upon building a loyal market for all of the production from the farm.