The Farm New Marlborough is a small family farm with huge ambitions. Our focus is to heal and improve New Marlborough's lands through intensive rotational grazing of our animals. We build soil to feed both the earthworms below the ground and the animals above it. Our mission is simple... to grow quality food in a respectable and complementary way to both the animals and the environment and to rebuild a local food economy through education and example.
With the acquisition of the former Kolburne School in the Spring of 2017, The Farm is continuing to stretch it's legs. Both the farmers and the animals are excited to be working on the renovation of this old farm/school with the goal of returning agriculture to the village of New Marlborough. The quintessential New England Farm practicing modern agriculture and providing real food to the residents and businesses of the region in a sustainable model. Real Food For Real Folks!
The Farm New Marlborough is currently engaged on over 500 acres of land throughout the five villages of the town. We run two herds of cattle, two flocks of egg layers and typically raise six to eight thousand broilers on pasture throughout the summer. The sixty plus pigs tend to go unnoticed as they keep to the woods and rougher pastures out of site. On land that is not being grazed we harvest our own hay and try to rotate our grazing and hay lands every three to four years. All of the animals on the farm have a job and they all take great pride in their work. They are amazing happy creatures!
Our meat chickens live in brooders, the former Kolburne School Dorm rooms, for the first three weeks of their lives. They arrive at the farm only a day old, and very fragile. Once they are big enough to brave the elements they are moved to the chicken tractors out on pasture. Everyday we move the tractors in order to provide them with fresh grass. What's left behind is rich, nutrient dense manure, that allows the grass to flourish. It's not unlike magic. The meat birds diet is supplemented with locally sourced grains.
We raise heritage laying hens, primarily Bard Rocks, that produce rich and fortified eggs, and lay throughout the year. During the spring, summer & fall our layers are rotationally grazed, moving daily behind the cows. In addition to the chickens spreading the cows manure they are also in charge of bug control, dropping their own nitrogen rich fertilizer directly on the field, and leaving eggs in the coop for us to collect. Their diets are also supplemented with locally sourced grains and compost.
We work our cattle using intensive grazing management practices. In short - the cattle are given fresh areas of grass at least once a day. The pastures we use are divided into small paddocks in a grid system. The cows are moved into a new paddock each day providing them with fresh grass all summer long while also promoting root and shoot growth of the grasses. In addition to proper pruning through this intensive grazing they are also turning the solar grown biomass into usable fertilizer and leaving it on the field behind them. You'll find the cattle all throughout New Marlborough, please feel free to stop by and say hello! Just mind the electric fence...
At the Farm NM we raise our pigs from farrow to finish With 6-8 sows and 1 boar, we have pigs at all stages of life from piglets still nursing, up to 7 months, when they are ready to become pork. Our pigs, similar to the cattle, work on a rotational grazing system that includes both forest and grass lands. Their paddocks are monitored daily to achieve the desired amount of soil disturbance (rooting). This disturbance assists with the composting of leaf liter and aerates the soil to increase the soils microbial activity and provides more available nutrients for the up take of the trees in the forest. The pigs are promoted to use their natural foraging instincts which makes a forest/pasture combination paddock the perfect home.