Friday, April 17, 2009
A Towering Pile of 'Farmer's Gold'
This isn't nearly all the manure our cows have made for us this winter, but it's a good portion of it. Right now it is sitting in the sun, cooking - next year it'll be lush orchard grass and red clover (which will be digested by one of nature's most miraculous creatures, the ruminant, and turn into beef), beautiful marbled purple eggplants and fingerling potatoes, and gorgeous stands of oats and peas (which provide our fields with free nitrogen and keep the soil healthy over the winter).
This is one of the things I love most about farming - this constant, seasonal cycling of waste and nutrients, this simple process that ties each growing, living thing on the farm to everything else, this endless web of connection, this magical transformation.