Heritage breed farm animals are an integral part of regenerative farming at Ozark Akerz, contributing to ecological and economic health each day. Heritage breeds are old-time/traditional farm animals that had a prominent role on farms of our ancestors.
Having fallen out of favor with focus turning to industrialized farming, these historically important and resilient breeds are now endangered with extinction. This includes
A Food & Medicine Forest attempts to mimic nature. It provides bio-diverse, perennially growing food and medicine and tools. The benefits of growing a Food & Medicine Forest range from carbon capture to self-reliance to increasing biodiversity. We started converting a small area of Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm to a Food & Medicine Forest in 2017. We’ve allowed wildflowers and ‘weeds’ to grow and added native species of shrubs, trees and flowers, and perennial food plants. Our goals have been multi-fold. In no specific order, these include:
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Pineywoods Cattle are instrumental in conserving and maintaining Trees and vice versa.
The Pineywoods varied appetite - including kudzu, greenbrier, brambles, even poison ivy - has led to a healthier forest and increased biodiversity at Ozark Akerz. In return, forests help conserve the Pineywoods, allowing them to mimic the foraging behavior of their wild roaming ancestors, providing them with a variety of food and medicine.
This synergy between plants and animals allows the trees at Ozark Akerz to continue capturing over 800, 000 pounds of carbon every year.
Learn more about this partnership between Pineywoods and Trees and learn how we use the iNaturalist and iTree Canopy Apps to track biodiversity and carbon capture in this presentation originally given by farmer Mike at the Chatham Conservation Partnership.
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1:21 : Agenda
1:58 : Introduction to Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm
5:27 : Meet the Heritage Breed Animals
7:36 : Pineywoods Cattle contributing to Forest Health and vice versa
11:11 : Measuring Carbon Capture with iTree Canopy App
13:45 : Increasing Biodiversity – Current Projects
15:38 : Measuring Biodiversity with iNaturalist App
18:21 : Resources
19:51 : Questions