There are many things I love about this video and I wanted to point out just a few of them.
I love that Mr Will Harris has a heart for his community, for the people who live nearby his property. I love that he saw a need, he had a need, and he found a solution that benefited his community as much as it has benefited his business. I really appreciate that his focus is his own people, his local community. “I don’t know that I’m supposed to feed the world. I’m supposed to feed my community.”
I love that he communicates a respect for his fellow farmers and ranchers who do not work from the same perspective that he does. He’s right, nobody is intentionally doing anything to cause harm! Unintended consequences are just that – unintended. I appreciate the honor with which he speaks of his father and his grandfather.
But I also really appreciate that his employees are observed in a respectful manner and that they seem to work together respectfully. “I get paid for what I was made for.”
I love that he is so focused on restoration of things that you can hear his passionate heart sharing about reviving the land, reviving his herds, and the reviving his community even at great personal risk.
** If you are put off by occasional rough or “earthy” language, note that you’ll hear it once or twice here.
Mr Will Harris is one of my heroes. He is, indeed, the rock star of restoration agriculture. May you appreciate meeting him via this video as much as I have. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!
Here are some points that I just love about this video
~ Mr David Bamberger purchased this property when it was in terrible shape: overgrown with brush, there was absolutely no water, and just all around useless. He begins to plant native grasses and remove the overgrowth of certain trees & brush. And almost immediately he begins to see an incredible restoration!
~ Aquifer Impact! There is now water where once this land was incredibly dry. And it happened relatively fast, too! Only 2 .5 years after restoration began and water began to flow. 46 years prior to this video there was NO WATER, not even a well driller could drill 500′ and find water. Cavernous limestone was under the surface, created to hold water. I can think of another hill country in a nation’s heartland that is made of cavernous limestone and is currently being restored in some measure, where water has not been easy to come by. Mr David Bamberger’s explanation of how native grasses brought about full water reservoirs was excellent!
~ Working with nature and not against it, taking cues from the natural order of things and learning to understand what is natural and what is unnatural, and choosing to partner with nature (the created order that Hashem established) to guard and preserve and nurture the land to bring about abundant life.
~ Ask yourself the same question that Mr David Bamberger did: “What’s my duty as a steward of this [land]?” You may not own property, or you might own thousands of acres, or hectares, of land. Stewardship doesn’t require ownership. Every human on earth shares a certain responsibility to care for the land under his or her feet. What is *your* duty as a steward of the land you use?
Maybe you’ve seen some of those photos or videos of a pasture after a group of heavy grazers has moved through and maybe you, like me, cringe a little. This update discusses the apparent “devastation” from heavy grazing & manure deposits followed by day ranging poultry – and a bit of reassurance that it’s really okay. Everything recovers!
I did not have time to make a weekly update video on Sunday, so I’ll write a weekly update here with photos instead and a few short videos. It was a busy week with new lambs and fresh pasture, capped off with new chicks!
We are up to 13 lambs out of 5 ewes, and everyone is doing quite well. So far this year we have been tremendously blessed with multiples. Continue reading