In 2019, we teamed up with Coggeshall Farm Museum and, as of 2020, Old Sturbridge Village, to return the 48 acre museum property back to lush pasture by fertilizing the fields naturally, with our animals. We run mobile chicken coops, called chicken tractors, in their fields. The chicken tractors protect the birds from predators and are moved daily so the animals will have a new, fresh patch of grass to forage for bugs and eat the greens. In return they leave behind their manure which is very rich in nitrogen. Besides fertilizing the grass, the chickens also help spread seeds through their droppings while growing into healthy, delicious protein; it's a win-win situation.
We are also using pigs to clear brush by the stone walls and soon in the woods to restore what once used to be a nature walk. You can visit the museum during their hours of operation, or pop by the fields anytime Colt State Park is open.
By bringing farm activity back to Coggeshall we were able to secure some Grants with the National Resource Conversation Service agency of the USDA to help keep the farmland productive and the animals safe from predators. Soon you will see new fencing, waterlines and much more being added to help the farm thrive and you will also be able to see the contrast of the old ways of farming versus the new ways. There is so much in the works as far as education and volunteering opportunity, stay tuned as we work on developing our partnership.
For every animal we raise at Coggeshall Farm we donate a percentage of the proceeds back to the museum.
Visit https://www.coggeshallfarm.org/ and learn how you can also help to keep the historic New England farm life alive!