Really, it’s more of a metaphorical mess as we go about the business of steering the beast that is Innisfree on the Stillwater in a new direction.
What does that direction look like? Well, we’re now share-cropping organic row crops, raising wool and meat sheep instead of cattle, and transitioning to perennial permiculture over annual monoculture.
The goal is to make our farm a model for what the future of sustainable farming can look like. Until then, it might seem like a mess.
It’s been quite a year at Innisfree on the Stillwater. After more than two years of health struggles, we decided to sell off our cattle herd and change directions some. Our 90 acres of crop ground is now certified organic, and we’re adding 10 more acres of former pasture to that number in the coming year. We’re now raising small herds of Shetland fiber sheep and a mixed herd of hair meat sheep. We’re taking a step back from a lot of our customer facing efforts in order to regroup and see where the future lies.
We’re not done, but we are changing. We haven’t quite settled out the future yet, but we know it will involve this place. More will follow.
This year, I plan to go 3d, focusing on both sculptures made with Eco-Plastic and ABS using my 3Doodler Create+ and 3Doodler Start, as well as more traditional sculptures made with air dry clay. Stay tuned for future updates.
Some of you may remember my once-upon-a-time News Reading List that I had not updated in ages. Well, I recently finished updating that list and renamed it my Regular Reading List (mostly because it’s not just news anymore and I don’t read every link daily). I’m providing a link here for interested parties who might want to know where I get my information from.