Don't get me wrong - industrialisation happened for a reason and ultimately sustains millions of people. The Cakewolf Homestead works to preserve pre-industrial livestock breeds, crops, and farming methods. Modern farming methods are quickly depleting the earth's soil of its vital nutrients and as of 2012 we had depleted nearly 70% of the earth's topsoil. I hope to be part of the movement to encourage farming to be more accommodating to our ecosystems and raise public awareness to support larger more industrialised farms where economic pressure does not allow for it.
What is The Cakewolf Homestead?
We are a small farm, in rural Northern Virginia, that is focused on inclusive living and agriculture, heritage breed preservation, and permaculture through community building and awareness. This homestead project began in 2016 when in I googled how feasible it was to grow your own wheat to make bread (the answer is "not very", but that didn't stop me). This site is the place where I document my trials and (mostly) errors in my attempts to become more self sufficient, work to preserve heritage breed genetics, and to share with my community.
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is the theory that more sustainable farming can be achieved by working with nature, rather than against it.
What is a heritage breed?
A livestock breed that was raised to thrive on traditional farms and homesteads. They’ve fallen out of popularity as they cannot compete with industrial hybrids in terms of growth rate and yield. Raising heritage breeds is important in order to preserve their genetic diversity and the unique traits each breed has to offer.
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"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.
The second best time is now." - Unknown