At Sanborn Mills Farm, our approach to farming is both simple and complex. It’s simple in that we use draft animals and, as much as possible, non-fossil-fuel powered equipment to farm our hay, grains, vegetables, forest, and gardens. We practice recycling where appropriate, for example using manure from our draft animals to fertilize our fields. Our seed library ensures that we always have a supply of seeds that are right for our environment, location, and needs.
It is complex in that we believe our farming should be a productive, non-invasive element of our local environment and ecology as well as contribute to the local economy and promote and help invigorate our local community. “Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land’s inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows,” wrote Wendell Berry in Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food. “These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.”