We have 3 tractors and implements for mowing, tilling and amending the soil. You will gain an understanding of Tractor Safety, using equipment for fieldpreparation, crop maintenance, crop cleanup.
You will gain an understanding of managing a vermi-composting operation and the amount of compost required for a closed-loop farming system.
We keep a family dairy cow so you will learn the cost and amount of work requiredto have dairy.This includes experience withrotational pasture maintenance and strategy, upkeep of the barn, and milking chores.In addition, you will gain an understanding ofmaking dairy value added products such as butter, yogurt,
ice cream and cheese.
In addition, when we are in milk,
we keep a couple pigs raised on pasture.The pigs make great use of whey and extra milk, requiring less grain inputs than if pigs were raised strictly on pasture.
We also keep a flock of laying hens.We are in the process of building a mobile coop, and in the fall of 2018 expect to have chicks, which will give you experience raising chicks for a egg laying operation and the land requirements of pastured poultry.
Food Preservation through Canning,
Mountain Harvest is a very self sufficient farm from the perspective if eating what we grow.We will have a class on canning, fermentation and cheese making.
The Business side of farming
We will do a planning workshop on what is required for one to start their own small farm.We will use your goals, and work through a small business plan,
just to help give you a feel for what may be required for the start-up expenses ofyour desired farming enterprise.
Jane and Andrew, excelled at the marketing aspect of their apprenticeship, as you can see by their beautiful market display!