The food we produce here at Resilient farm is grown the way food has been grown for thousands of years – with human and livestock power.
Our “Tractors” (Horses):
While the cows do all of the mowing, the chickens distribute the fertilizer while adding their own, and the pigs maintain the forests, the heavy work is done by the horses. All year long they pull the mobile water rigs and run-in sheds. During planting season they pull the disc, planter, and drill. During haying season, the horses pull the mower, rake, hay wagon, etc… During harvest, they… do a little, but we do have an old tractor or two to pull the corn picker, run the grinder, and so on. During winter, they do some light logging and help with the firewood cutting. We absolutely love our horses.
In fact, this entire reclamation project started with two Percheron drafts, a gelding named Mac and a mare named Diane. Having spent their entire lives on local Amish farms, they were not only broke to drive and pull, but were used to long hard days. Because we will only be planting a couple of acres in grain, we knew our row cropping requirements would be limited, and these horses would enjoy an active retirement of pulling light mowers and hay wagons instead of heavy discs or plows. We will be expanding the stable to include more Draft Horses, including Percherons and Clydesdales.
In addition to the horses, cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys, at any given time there are also at least one donkey on the farm to protect the cows/calves, we are currently looking for some herding dogs that help protect and move the cows, as well as some guardian geese that also provide wonderful eggs, some barn cats, and whatever stray has shown up that is looking for some love and a second chance of life. Feel free to stop by and see all of our animals living the best life possible.