Here at Terra Vitae Farms we believe good farming should heal the environment while producing the most nutrient dense, highest quality food possible.
Therefore, we focus on going beyond that “organic” certification and instead we work on creating a thriving and complex farming ecosystem.
Like any healthy ecosystem, the health of the system starts with the robust and flourishing foundational components: microbiota. At Terra Vitae Farms we place great importance on the health of the microbes in the soil and do our best to support the proliferation of a thriving and diverse soil microbiota.
With a complex and diverse biology at that level, we can lay the foundation to build a more complex, robust flora system on top of the complex soil microbiota. With an established and thriving flora, we can then move onto incorporating a diverse group of fauna.
The beauty of all these systems is that they are interlinked - and the diversity and health of one group supports the diversity and health of the other. Speaking in terms of layers and building up is a little misleading. In reality it works both ways. Diversity within the fauna group will also support and/or increase the diversity within the microbiota and flora groups.
So does “certified organic” guarantee good farming? Not quite. It’s a step in the right direction - i.e. producing food sans harmful synthetic inputs. But that is simply promising the absence of something harmful. But the environment, biology, and healthy food is wildly more complex than that. Simply prohibiting additional toxins from entering a natural system does not automatically result in a healthy, balanced, thriving food producing system.
Organic certification isn't bad, but it isn't enough. We would much prefer you to come on out and give us the "you certified" - we're working hard to develop this system and love to show it off!
Speaking of fauna - during your visit you'll have a chance to check out our Irish Dexter cattle, Polypay/Texel sheep, Myotonic goats, Tamworth hogs, Gloucester Old Spot hogs, Meishan hogs, Muscovy ducks, Bielefelder chickens, Maremma Sheepdogs.