Greener Pastures
by Pete on June 3rd, 2011

Our meat birds are pasturing at a new field for us in 2011 - the Concord Conservation Trust land at Soutter Field, aka the Cow Field at the corner of Route 2 and Sudbury Road. Steve Verrill usually finishes a few cows on the field each summer and we have thought for a long time that the field has been underutilized and has been in decline. Lots of thorny brambles are popping up throughout the field and most years the field barely gets one good mowing to encourage regrowth. The cows are often left to eat Verrill corn seconds by mid-summer as the forage becomes so poor.

But help is on the way! Our birds will be marching through the fields the entire summer (we hope...more details on this soon). Last night I mowed a small portion of the field ahead of the birds. Meat chickens don't like tall grass, they prefer a shorter 4-8 inches or very tender clover to munch on. Grass taller than this tends to just mat and makes a mess. So to keep the grass in check, as we have don't have any sheep yet this season - we have to rely on diesel to do the job. But after I mowed I drove the tractor back to where the birds started this season and snapped the photo below. The added fertility can already be seen making a difference!

I'll be documenting the changes on the field throughout the season. One of my passions is improving land and I just love looking out at large fields and feeling the energy of all those solar collectors breathing new life into the earth....

Top photo is before...a few weeks ago...bottom photo was taken last nite!


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2 Comments

Linda - June 7th, 2011 at 3:46 PM
Hmm, maybe you should rent those birds out for my suburban lawn.
Pete - July 8th, 2011 at 9:31 AM
Name your price!
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