This past week, the sheep at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (in Pocantico Hills, New York) were moved from their winter barn to green pastures, where they will be moved daily to enjoy fresh grass as part of a diverse, pastured livestock rotation. At Stone Barns, they overwinter their adult sheep and then send them back out to pasture once the grass is tall enough for them to graze in the spring. They always eat a grass-based diet, so when they aren’t on grass, they are eating hay or alfalfa.
Stone Barns is a non-profit farm and educational center. Its mission is to celebrate, teach and advance community-based food production and enjoyment, from farm to classroom to table.
I just love this video because–in one minute–it shows the essence of raising animals humanely and happily. Watch how the sheep practically run to the fresh green grass!
I’m looking forward to my visit there in June! Keep an eye out for my upcoming blog post documenting my experience.