About

No animals yet, but we’re working on it!

Sweet Bay Farm is a small, 24-acre farm located in gorgeous St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland.  Once a parcel of a large, diversified, old-fashioned farm, it was row-cropped in tobacco and most recently in soybeans.  As the new owners, we are focused on rebuilding the depleted soil so it can support fertile grasses, healthy animals, and a vibrant grass-fed farm business.  In the long-term, we’re aiming to produce juicy gourmet-quality steaks on grass alone.   

What We Value:  Taste and Health

We love to eat!  When we started eating all fresh foods from nearby farms, we couldn’t believe what we’d been missing for so long!  The food tasted so much better, and our health and vitality improved very quickly.

That’s where it’s at for us – taste and health.  We believe the two are intertwined and rooted in the soil.  Just like wine producers speak of “terroir,” the taste of the land, we know that healthy, mineral-rich, fertile soil creates tastiness and nutrition. 

We aim to grow foods that directly benefit our customers’ health and taste buds.  To get there, we’re improving our soil’s fertility.  Based on the age of tobacco sticks found in our neighbor’s barn, we believe our soil has been farmed for centuries.  Nutrients, minerals, and organic matter have been stripped off the land, and we aim to restore them all to our soil. 

We’re into biological farming, a systems approach that uses careful fertilization and incorporation of cover crops and compost, all to benefit a thriving soil life population.  When we get animals, we’ll use rotational grazing, which involves quick disturbance and long rest periods that result in carbon sequestration and increased organic matter.  Healthy, rich soil will support tender grasses that will feed our animals and contribute to their health.  In turn, their meat will supply optimal nutrition to our customers.

This is our vision, so come along for the ride and watch us get there!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brad on June 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Hey guys. Great blog and really inspiring to witness your ‘awakening’ to the deadly truths of modern agriculture and follow your commitment to regeneration of the land. With your realisation of the importance of polycultures and diversity, sounds like you’re basically doing permaculture; which is awesome as it the only way to go! Are you familiar with permaculture? I implore you do a permaculture design course if you haven’t already. All the answers are there. Keep up the great work!

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    • Hello Brad, thanks for the compliments! Yes, I suppose we’re basically doing permaculture, although we probably love annuals much more than most permies do. We’ve found that cover crops consisting of annuals (no-till and no herbicides) have sped up biological time and really helped our burned out soil improve rapidly. Our perennial pasture grasses, not so much. Maybe I have a misconception of permaculture. We have Bill Mollison’s design book, but i have a very hard time getting into it. I will check out a design course. Thanks!

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