Photo by Dennis Lussier
Large-scale industrial beef production in the US has been described as wasteful, inefficient, destructive, and responsible for social injustices both in the US and throughout the world.
Farmer and philosopher, Erick Haakenson, of Jubilee Biodynamic Farm in Carnation, Washington agrees with these assessments. But he also argues that cattle are an important and nearly indispensible requirement for a successful, sustainable, organic farm. People have known and practiced rotational grazing for many hundreds of years because of its potential to heal the land, and some would consider it to be by far the most efficient use of the sun available to a farm. Erick believes it’s time for a “re-discovery” of holistic herd management as a critical–and healthy–element of sustainable agriculture.
On May 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:30pm, Erick and Wendy Haakenson of Jubilee Farm will welcome participants of PCC Farmland Trust’s On the Farm educational series to meet the Jubilee herd, tour the farm, and engage in a discussion as to why and how cattle production might be vital to the future of organic farm production.
This On the Farm event will take place outdoors, rain or shine and participants should make sure to wear weather appropriate attire. Light refreshments will be available and as always, we ask that you leave your pets at home!
PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest, ensuring that generations of local farmers productively farm using sustainable, organic growing methods.
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