ZOE FARMS

5676 Faircrest ST SW, Canton, OH 44708   |    330-412-2544   |   info@zoefarms.com
Open Monday – Saturday 9AM-6PM | Closed Sunday

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FARM
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By Dustin Schnabel   A few years back, an acquaintance was having a barbeque for a large group and asked if I knew anyone selling pork roasts. This was before we were raising pigs in our woodland areas of the farm, so my mind immediately turned to a local farmer we knew raised good pigs. I provided the phone number and let it go at that.   A couple weeks later I followed up to see how my por…
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Natural Capitalism

Apr 09, 2018
Category: Building a Sustainable Farm
By Dustin Schnabel   Turn on the television, dial in the radio or scan the internet and it’s virtually impossible to hide from news of “the economy”. It’s up. It’s down. It’s fragile. It’s strong. All this talk of “the economy” makes me wonder, what in the world is it, anyway? This thing we hear and read about seems to exert so much influence over our lives, but we just can’t put our finger on…
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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an affinity toward critters. Before I was five years old, I remember feeding fresh worms to the baby robins living above our apartment balcony. When I was eight, we moved to the land where ZOE Farms exists today. Shortly thereafter, I had a horse of my own. By the time I was ten, we not only had three of our own horses, but we boarded other people’s. I’ve raised ll…
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At first glance, you might think you’re going to be reading a story about music… that is, unless you already know what symbiosis is all about. If we take a look at Webster’s textbook definition of the term, we might simply believe that it applies to only some critters living together. Around here, though, we see it as the foundation of our farm's food production model.   Textbooks are good and a…
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Here at the farm we receive quite a few messages from folks asking if they can come work with us. I guess they see videos, pictures, articles or something we post on social media about how we strive to operate an ecologically sustainable farming system. There is no doubt that what we are doing is not mainstream. Most people recognize the many differences between our operation versus what they’re s…
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Growing Good Grass

Jun 29, 2016
Category: Building a Sustainable Farm
When we tell people we meet that we’re farmers, we almost always get an intrigued response. After all, it’s a profession that’s on the decline these days. The questions start to roll. We’re always asked, “what do you raise?”. In most of these interactions, we only have about 90 seconds to describe what we do. The response goes something like: “we provide grass-finished beef, pasture-raised meat ch…
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There are many benefits to not running a rototiller through our gardens every year. Whenever we till, we disrupt the life of within our soil that is responsible for cycling nutrients for our plants to grow. As soon as it rains on our freshly tilled areas, we develop compaction zones that create anaerobic layers preventing the plant’s roots from going deep.   To eliminate these problems and to pr…
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Anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows that I tend to get excited about things that most people don’t care much about. I bounce off the walls when I discover new ideas or ways of doing things. What really amps me up though, is when I begin to see pieces of a big puzzle start falling into place.   The “big picture” we’re seeing unfold here at the far…
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5676 Faircrest ST SW, Canton, OH 44708    |    330-412-2544    |    info@zoefarms.com
Open Monday – Saturday 9AM-6PM | Closed Sunday