Local farmers Joe and Laura Grady and their family devote time and energy moving animals. The Grady’s philosophy is that moving animals is the best way to care not only for the animals but also for the soil that grows their food. By bringing the cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, and turkeys to fresh pasture every day or two the Grady’s are able to provide a constant diet of nutritious diversity. The soil is stimulated, refreshed, and fertilized by the movement, eating, and digestion of the animals. Everybody wins. However, this method of farming takes a lot of effort. At Two Coves Farm in Harpswell, the Grady’s accomplish this work in part thanks to a partnership with a skilled border collie.
This Saturday, June 15th in partnership with Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, the Grady’s will graciously open their 88 acres of forest and pasture to the public for a sheep dog demonstration and farm tour. Beginning at 10:00 am, Joe will provide a tour of Two Coves Farm and explain their single-minded focus on grass production and environmental sustainability. At 10:30, Joe will showcase his Border Collie, and explain how he utilizes the canine skills and instinct to move healthy and happy animals throughout some of the most vibrant and diverse pastures in the state of Maine. Tour pre-registration is necessary with Ed Friedman at 666-3372
FOMB’s Summer Outside! series is the warm weather counterpart to their popular Winter Speaker Series. Events are usually free and are open to the public. Their next outing will be a Lower Androscoggin River Kayak Paddle led by Michelle and Stan Moody on July 20. Please call Michelle at 406-5221 to pre-register and for times.
To receive more information about FOMB’s programs call Ed Friedman at 666-3372. The full Summer Outside!schedule is on the web at: www.fomb.org.