October, 2014

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A Little Goes a Long Way, A Multi-Purpose Plant

Friday, October 24th, 2014

A new plant we are growing this year is called Comfrey. The word comfrey is Latin in origin and means “to grow together”.

Comfrey is known to be used as a medicinal herb. However, in permaculture its real value is as a mineral accumulator. Comfrey is very high in vitamins and has the ability to extract macro and micro-nutrient minerals from the soil. In some places, its used as the main forage for animals because of its fast growth rate.

Breakneck Hill Cow Fund Farm Day Sunday, November 9th

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014








11:30am-Cow Pie Contest
Our most exciting and competitive fund raiser of the year!
Help us purchase winter hay to feed Southborough’s Belted Galloways by buying a square for $20. Enjoy apple cider, treats and cute farm animals as you cheer the cow to drop its brown gold on your winning square

12pm-Family Hike
Enjoy the wildlife and beautiful summit views!
Approximately 1 mile of rolling trails. Learn about the history of
the Breakneck Hill Conservation Land, it’s restoration and management. (walking shoes encouraged)

Event to be held at the Community Gardens at the Breakneck Hill
Conservation Land, Breakneck Hill Road

Questions or for more information on the BHCF please visit our
website www.southborobelties.org
or contact Laurie lpbourdon@aol.com

Not Even the Waste Goes to Waste

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


The pigs are fed a balanced grain ration but also derive much of their food from foraging for acorns and bugs. However, the pigs complete the nutrient cycle by eating garden waste. When vegetables from the garden have insect damage or are over ripe they are given to the pigs. They get a healthy dose of kale, chard, squash, lettuce and especially tomatoes. We arranged their paddock this year so it shares a fence with the garden making it easy to throw the food into where they can get it.

Rotational Grazing: Helping the Environment One Paddock at a Time

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Rotational Grazing is a process where livestock are strategically moved to fresh paddocks, or partitioned pasture areas. This process allows resting periods in between rotations that help maintain the health of forage and allows vegetation in previously grazed pastures to regenerate. Rotational grazing discourages competition from weeds and undesirable plant species that often invade when forage is overgrazed and weakened. Rotational grazing allows for a longer grazing season, as well as providing improved nutrient distribution.

The Breakneck Hill Cow Fund is managing the conservation land pasture in just this way. We currently have 9 paddocks the cows are rotated through. The cows are moved to a new paddock only when that paddock is ready. Because of extended dry periods we have resorted to feeding hay during the summer when the pasture forage has been too slow to regrow and while the soil on the pasture is thin and rocky, very rocky, we believe that we will eventually build soil with high carbon content that will be resilient to the long periods of dry weather we have been experiencing. One byproduct of this system is the sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere stably in the soil. This system on a large scale could be a major solution to our climate crisis.