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Increasing Pasture, Increasing Diversity

June 12, 2018 Increasing Pasture, Increasing Diversity

Event Overview
Increasing Pasture

  Back Achers Farm
  2908 North Rome Rd
  Rome, PA 18837
  [Bradford Co] 

Date & Time
  Tuesday, June 12
  10am to 2pm 

Organic ValleyPAGLC
Event Description
Join PASA, the PA Grazing Lands Coalition, and Organic Valley at Back Achers Farm on Tuesday, June 12, from 10am-2pm, for a tour of a farm that is pasture-raising and direct-marketing pigs, chickens, turkeys, lamb, and beef. The focus of the conversation will be related to how the farm is looking to improve and increase its pastures, in meeting the diverse grazing needs of its animals. 

Back Achers Farm has been managed and owned by the Bullock family since 1997. The farm has near 100 pasture acres which, in the past, have been used primarily for hay production for the 100% grass-fed sheep and beef cows the farm has been raising for over fifteen years. In 2018, however, the farm is working to transition more of its hay ground into rotational grazing management, with an eye towards decreasing feed costs and increasing product quality. 

During this event, we will talk about the technique with which each species on the farm is raised, what increasing pasture grazed forage might do to the farm’s bottom line and efficiency, and how to realize regenerative grazing goals. 

This event is appropriate for graziers of all stripes and skill levels. The event is free and will conclude with lunch. Pre-registration is requested for lunch.
Speaker Information
In 1997, Sue and Alan Bullock purchased 82 acres in Rome PA, nestled in the beautiful Endless Mountains. They started out with a sheep and maple sugaring operation, marketing direct to the consumer. In 2000, Sue and Alan expanded to include produce, cattle and chickens for egg production. A year later, chickens and turkey for meat were added along with an on-farm processing facility. The various products were marketed direct through farmers markets, restaurants and retail stores. Alan passed away in 2007, and Sue, determined to keep Back Achers Farm viable, set out to add a meat and vegetable CSA program. The following year Aaron decided to leave college and join the endeavor. They have since become partners and presently operate the farm together. 

The 100% grass-fed beef herd and sheep flock are both rotationally grazed. There are 300 pasture raised, organic fed chickens for eggs. Annually Sue and Aaron raise 1000 broiler chickens and approximately 150 turkeys all 100% organic fed, pasture raised and processed on farm. The farm includes a 1300 tap maple operation and an onsite farm store that features local organic foods in addition to their own farm grown products.
Do you allow walk-ins?
Walk-ins are welcome; pre-registration is appreciated for lunch. 
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
    This event will be outside, so dress accordingly. 
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day. 
Will food be served?
   Yes, lunch will be served
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Aaron de Long at (814) 349-956 x25 or for more information about this event.
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