Chris Baggott, owner of Tyner Pond Farm, a local farm utilizing sustainable agriculture practices spoke to Kiwanis about his venture. The farm located at 7408 East 200 South in Greenfield was purchased by Baggott in 2010. The farm now hosts laying and broiler chickens, cattle, pigs, a chicken processing area and a rental farmhouse. Baggott says environmentally sustainable farms depend on multiple businesses being based on 1 farm and the direct marketing and sales of products.
In 1900, Indiana had 222,000 farms. By 1962 the number of Indiana farms had dropped to 126,000. In 2012 the number of Indiana farms is estimated to be 58,000. The majority of these farms buys their supplies and sells their products to companies based outside Hancock County. It is estimated that the Hancock County households spent $180 million last year on food. Local sustainable farms can capture a part of that $180 million and create an enterprise that will yield more than just crop farming willing on comparable acreage.
Sustainable agriculture based on grass feeding of livestock requires fencing and chicken houses must be moved from one area to another of the farm on regular basis. Baggott can raise and process and then sell the meat and eggs directly through online orders. He hopes to be able to have store that does not require reservations of sales.
For more information you can visit the website, www.TynerPondFarm.com , visit their Facebook page, or drive out to 7408 East 200 South and visit the farm.