This past Sunday, community members from Herkimer County, Otsego County and beyond visited Stock Farm, outside of Van Hornesville for both a historical landscape and farmland heritage talk, as well as to learn about partnering with the USDA to grow grass fed beef, practice sustainable grazing and more.
Hosted by Otsego Land Trust, in partnership with Stock Farm, and with guest speaker Margaret Fusco, the community gained insight into the progress Stock Farm has made this past year after installing extensive fencing, cattle crossings, and new crop plantings.
Guests hiked some of the expansive 140 acre farm, passing buckwheat fields, beaver ponds, riparian buffers, and finally a climax forest.
A key goal of the event was to highlight the importance of protecting working farmland and the rich heritage of agricultural tradition in the region. Stock Farm is a great example of a mix of conservation and farming which can become a model for other farms in the region.
As Margaret Fusco of USDA commented, “grass-fed beef is increasing in popularity, creating an alternative source of agricultural revenue, in addition to increasing biodiversity through different livestock holdings.”