Hay harvest; preparing animal food for the winter
Three areas of our farm are managed particularly to maintain natural biodiversity, in particular of wildflowers, with the secondary objective of providing food for the sheep. Here the pasture maintenance follows traditional practices and cycles; we cut the meadow for hay in late June and then let the animals graze the re-growth in late autumn. Many species of flora have adapted to these traditional practices and respecting these traditional cycles allows this diversity of flora flourishes.
Full Beauty of biodivesity in the Castañarina Meadow
The chief objective for the three orchards is to produce a commercial apple crop, and the secondary objective is to provide grazing for our sheep. Luckily these go hand in hand, with the sheep eating the vegetation beneath the trees, thus making our task of collecting the apples a lot easier
Picking apples where the grass has been grazed
If your interested in pasture maintenance you will find a new document in the how and why section of our web page where it discusses pasture maintenance in more depth
Our horses enjoying the pastures.