With fall harvest season in full swing, there was good news from the USDA for consumers who prefer to buy their produce, meat, dairy and eggs directly from farmers: the number of farmer’s markets in the United States has grown by 13% over the past year. According to the agency, 5,274 farmer’s markets are now operating nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008 (a gain of 589 markets). The USDA has just launched the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity.
Tonje and Joel Olsen raise Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World (AGW) sheep at Montgomery Sheep Farm in Biscoe, North Carolina. Montgomery Sheep Farm is one farm in the larger network of farmers comprising a ground maintenance company that uses sheep to graze the grounds on solar farms in the Southeast. This model creates benefits for solar companies, rural communities, family farmers, consumers and the environment.
The Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW sheep at Montgomery Sheep Farm, have constant access to pasture and grazing land, eating a diet of grass and forage throughout their lives. This promotes the health and welfare of the animal as well as the environment – all while promoting optimal conditions for the solar modules, since sheep provide vegetation maintenance, keeping weeds and grass under control in a sustainable way.
The Olsens manage flocks of Dorper and Katahdin sheep, raised for meat rather than wool. Dorpers and Katahdins are easy-care breeds with short, light ‘hair’ coats that don’t require shearing. This makes the breeds an excellent choice for the climate in North Carolina. The breeds are also known to product lamb with a delicious mild and sweet flavor.
For more information about Montgomery Sheep Farm, contact Tonje Olsen at email@example.com and 844-417-4337.