True Cost of Pork

True Cost of Pork

So Many Pigs, So Little Fresh Air.   Most farmers make great neighbors. But if your farm includes thousands of pigs confined to buildings, and stinky outdoor anaerobic lagoons to hold all the pig waste, it’s difficult to be neighborly.   A jury just...
Reducing Mechanical Tillage

Reducing Mechanical Tillage

The invention of the plow was a key development in human history. It allowed the mass cultivation of land to grow food. Nevertheless, in hindsight, it was a case of overstepping nature’s guidelines.   In all but the most brittle environments, nature covers...
Is The Grass Green Enough?

Is The Grass Green Enough?

Despite all the talk about cows being a major culprit in our weather woes, cattle, AND thus humans eating beef, can be a force for good in the world. The negatives associated with cattle are a management matter rather than an inherent cow issue.   Throughout all...
How The Water Cycle Affects Our Weather

How The Water Cycle Affects Our Weather

We often talk about how through managed rotational grazing Pettit Pastures is improving soil health and the water cycle on our farm. In this article we go into more detail on how improved soil health and a functional water cycle are intertwined.   Back in grade...
Farm Pollution

Farm Pollution

NOAA scientists are reporting that this summer’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, at the mouth of the Mississippi River, is the largest ever recorded – 8,776 square miles. That is approximately the size of the state of New Jersey.   The dead zone...
Amazon buys Whole Foods

Amazon buys Whole Foods

In the past, the Pettit Pastures blog has mostly been an update about what has been happening on the farm. Starting with this post, we have decided to change the format a bit. We will still give an abbreviated farm update, but in addition, we will be adding...

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