Meet Jake: Our Newest Addition to Regenerative Farming

Here at Trippy Acres, we truly and deeply believe in regenerative farming. Naturally, as you introduce different sources of food (animals, vegetables, fruits, and more) it attracts predators, pests, and other wild animals. In modern commercial farming, it is dealt with through outside means. That could mean using poison, pesticides, traps, or any other number of unnatural means. However, that creates an imbalance with unintended, poor consequences. We truly believe that over time, nature brings the solutions in a balanced and meaningful way. We have seen this happen time and time again.
For example, in the short 3 years that we have been farming this land in Strafford, we have seen an increase in mice and rats. Very shortly after that, a huge increase in owls. These amazing birds of prey have stuck around and we see them regularly here.
Another animal that can be beneficial to a farm is a barn cat. They are great mousers and chase away chipmunks from our growing fields! We found Jake at a local shelter waiting for the farm life full of freedom and things to chase. He is a seven-year-old rescue cat who lives outside with our animals and is an amazing mouser. He doesn’t like people much so he keeps his distance. If you see him wandering the farm, appreciate him from a distance and silently say thank you for what he offers in our mini ecosystem.
We are still looking for a couple more barn cats to share the duties. If you know any cat who is not doing well as an indoor pet and would thrive in the farm lifestyle, please have their owner reach out to us.

Winter 2023 Happenings

“For plants and animals, winter is part of the job. The same is true for humans”. Wintering by Katherine May

This is the time of year we use to rest, restore and plan. Our garlic is overwintering, our animals are taking it slow, and our ground is dormant and regenerating on its own with the help of cover crops and horse manure that was spread in the fall.

We have also had some exciting action here this month with the birth of some very cute tiny piglets. Miss Fern gave birth to 5 beautiful babies – two boys and one girl. Sadly one was a stillbirth. She birthed completely unassisted and with grace. As you probably can understand, being a first-time mom comes with a learning curve. Unfortunately, one of the piglets was crushed the following day. So we are down to 3 strong healthy babes.

These piglets will be available to purchase and will have a butcher date of March of 2024. If you’re interested in purchasing a piglet to raise on your own, they will be ready to go in April or May.

*Please note that our last two litters are already sold and we expect these to go fast as well. So if you’re wanting to purchase a whole hog for your freezer, I would recommend placing your deposit asap.