HOST: C S Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl
GUEST: Natalie McGill
Perennial Roots Farm is a biodynamic farm in Virginia that raises a variety of heritage animals including Heritage Gulf Coast Native Sheep and Mulefoot Hogs plus many others. As a biodynamic farm, they believe in a holistic way of farming: long-term sustainable practices, heritage breed animals, heirloom fruits and vegetables and soil health are all integral to this.
In 2010 Natalie McGill and her partner, Stewart Lundy started Perennial Roots, a biodynamic farm in Accomac, Virginia. They began as a homestead, two kids fresh out of college, concerned foremost with reducing waste and providing enough food for their own needs; out of this surplus they began to sell locally as well. As a biodynamic farm, they believe in a holistic way of farming: long-term sustainable practices, heritage breed animals, heirloom fruits and vegetables and soil health are all integral to this. Pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys are kept on pasture and rotated, which allows them to fertilize the soil, improving the land instead of depleting it. Compost piles, perennial plants, trees, animals and yes, even the weeds are all part of this process. Nothing goes to waste at Perennial Roots; whether it is the vegetable scraps that we turn into compost or the manure that the animals are constantly putting back into the soil, everything here is part of an intricate cycle that leads back to the fertility of the land itself.
Since they started farming in 2010, Natalie and Stewart have grown and learned a lot. While their practices have always been organic, they first introduced biodynamics on their farm three years ago and found a way of seeing animals as more than meat, plants as more than food and the farm as more than a business. This spring, Natalie and Stewart are looking forward to adding Pineywoods Cattle to their farm.