Ruminant animals are the best helpers for restoring soil health, improving pasture density, reviving dead forests, re-establishing natural habitats and increasing the land's capacity to sequester carbon.
Simply put, our cattle and sheep are vital to our efforts of environmental regeneration.
In addition to our Dexter cattle herd, and our predominantly Cheviot X Romney sheep flock, we also have chickens, goats, rabbits, and sometimes pigs.
Healing the damages done to our environment through hundreds of years of abuse is no fast and simple task.
To always be mindful of our goal for the future, we named the farm after our two boys.
These D's are our future.
After people hear us speak about our farm and our animals for a short bit, one of the most common questions we are asked is, "Do you name, all of your animals, even the ones you are going to eat?"
Yes. We do.*
The follow-up question to that is always, "But doesn't that make it harder?"
We are connected to our animals. They have names and personalities and we celebrate their individual traits. Choosing names is a family task, and sometimes we even get classmates and co-workers involved.
As much as possible, we try to make the lives of our healing helpers happy and healthy. Giving them names ensures that we have a connection, and solidifies the promise that we are committed to their well-being.