Welcome to Flaca Vaca Farm. We are a grass-based family farm in Delaware county, New York.
Our mission is to cultivate wholeness, health, and agricultural integrity through the essentials, through the most natural methods and materials, and through physical and emotional bonds with all aspects of farm production. The name: Flaca Vaca, skinny cow. It speaks of our desire to focus the way we raise animals and grow produce down to the elemental parts. We draw lessons from our ecological context to measure biological performance and guide the way we produce food.
Because grass is the core of what we do, we focus intensely on what's good for the grass. Growing good grass energizes the farm. We intensively graze with frequent moves (daily or twice a day), allow for ample rest between grazings, and take care to measure and correct for minerals. Good grazing promotes healthy and vigorous root systems, which in turn builds carbon in the soil. Smart grazing allows us to replicate natural bovine rhythms, manage manure, influence parasite cycles, and reduce the influence of machinery in feeding. The cow harvests her own feed. She does this on perennial, permanent pasture, highly diverse in species composition, and this relationship between cattle and forage produces stability and makes the farm resilient to drought, flooding, and extremes in temperature.
When we came to this farm, we found mineral deficiencies that affected production. As we corrected mineral imbalances and noticed positive changes in the pastures and produce, we began to understand how restoring all minerals leads to better tasting, higher quality, more nutritious food. Since learning these lessons, we are driven by producing food to provide superior nutrition. At the core of superior nutrition is bioavailability. How well vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the body and used to maintain healthy function, immunity, and strength is determined by bioavailability. From the teams of microbes that mobilize minerals into the roots of vegetables and pasture grasses, to plants that circulate these minerals in their stalks, leaves, and seeds for the livestock to feed and for our customers to enjoy, to the pollinators that circulate reproductive material to produce fruit and ensure seed for the next season: all of these interactions are possible because of bioavailable minerals. Through proper management and mineral balance, plants grow fibrous, dense roots and build and store carbon: living carbon cycles and stores water; feeds microbes, earthworms, and beetles; generates a rich, diverse field to host multiple species and processes. Life creates life, and the more life on the farm, the more dynamic and complex the system to produce the highest quality food.
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