Rose and I started Sustainable Settings in 1997. We have built a beyond organic/biodynamic working ranch and whole systems learning center demonstrating and teaching from a host of integrated elements that make up this dynamic whole picture of sustainable livelihood. We feed the herd underground, then feed the herd above ground. We see the ranch as a whole organism. This point of view encourages us to build diversity in all systems and creates the framework for Nature to assist us in establishing a living dynamic that is far more alive than the sum of the parts.
This dynamic model of integrated elements is made up of soil life, insects, pasture poly cultures, cows, sheep, pigs, poultry, bees, and more. Our herd of 42 dairy cattle provides for a raw milk cow share, milking 10 cows now and providing milk to 100+ families. We offer a vegetable CSA to 50 families and sell to chefs in the area. Our flock of 300 chickens provide eggs and soup birds for purchase through our ranch store. We sell all we can produce within a 35-mile radius of the ranch.
Much of our food is biodynamic/certified by Demeter USA. We work toward no-waste in all our systems. We recycle every nutrient. We produce our electricity and heat our water with the sun. We compost, rotate our dairy herd on pasture, raise 100% grassfed beef and lamb. Our pigs get raw milk and weeds from our gardens. We favor genetic diversity. We polycrop, and plant and save heirloom seeds. If we are anything, we are a model of applied sustainability.
We are building a community asset—this beautiful place is yours.
One of our core missions is to research, demonstrate and offer educational offerings on all these micro-enterprises. We have over 10,000 visitors and learners of all ages each year. Opening up our whole operation for learning is crucial to our goal of training the next generation of conscious stewards.
One hundred families currently own shares of our raw milk and we have a waiting list. We need to double our production to meet demand and to take the raw dairy micro-enterprise to its appropriate scale, which will bring us closer to our goal of fiscal sustainability.
But to do that, we need more cow’s milk. And to produce more milk, we need more cows, and those cows need a warm home and we need and improved dairy facilities. Beetcoin proceeds will assist us in doubling our milking herd from 10 Guernsey cows to 20 so that we can ultimately serve 300 member families. Beetcoin proceeds will also help fund a new solar dairy barn, which will allow us to milk four cows at a time and will provide much needed upgrades of dairy equipment, coolers, dairy parlor and enlarged milk and cheese making room.
Contribute to Beetcoin and help us build this run-on-the-sun dairy barn so we can grow the herd and provide more families with raw goodness!