Small-scale pig- and poultry-raising has been a part of the farm for nearly 20 years as part of a 4-H program hosted at the farm, and in 2017 we began offering meat shares, and actively grazing cattle and hogs in the pastures. Today Powisset Farm and nearby Moose Hill Farm are managed as an integrated livestock operation specializing in swine and egg production: raising and pasturing pigs and maintaining flocks of pastured laying hens.
In 2007, we started our veg CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operation with 100 members, and are currently growing for 250 summer shares and 100 winter shares. By purchasing a share at Powisset, CSA members support the farm, create community, and have access to fresh, local, and healthy produce!
Farm Manager Andrew Kelly runs the CSA, he has been at Powisset since 2016.
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Our livestock program is not certified organic; we use sustainable and humane methods to raise our pigs and poultry on pasture and with locally-produced feeds. We only use antibiotics in the treatment of acute disease (no routine use), and we judiciously use parasiticide medications as part of a holistic approach that emphasizes:
- supporting natural resistance to parasites in our livestock,
- preventing transmission and infection through management-intensive grazing practices;
- preventing parasites from developing resistance to medications.
With all medications, we routinely observe twice the required withdrawal period prior to slaughter to ensure clean, wholesome products.
Our soils are the foundation of our livestock program—we steward our pastures without synthetic fertilizers and focus on building soil health in both pastures and hayfields to capture carbon and enhance biological nutrient management. We use herbicides rarely and strategically to spot-treat invasive plant species in support of ecological goals.