Through deliberation, conversation, and continual refinement, these goals help unify the Jacob Springs Farm team with community buy-in in a direction towards which we strive.
- "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else"
- "Begin with the end in mind"
- "If we don't change directions, we're likely to end up where we are headed."
- "This place is looking more like it does now than it did yesterday!"
- Education of young farmers through WWOOF and internships
- Demonstration of a model of profitability in regenerative family farming
- Production of high quality products that are healthy and nutrient dense
- Ecological restoration of our property as well as adjacent and leased land
- Achievement of a high level of animal well-being through reproducible animal husbandry practices
- Refinement of our target market through CSA, direct sales, and other means
- People care including health and safety, work satisfaction, spiritual well-being, team dynamics and morale
- Demonstration of the Kingdom of God through Christian community, Ethics and service
- We want all people to hear and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it relates to Christians, themselves and all creation
- While we ultimately desire for all people to understand, accept and embrace Christ. We want everyone to have the opportunity to decide for themselves.
- We want to educate people about Farming God's way
- We want people to understand good food
- Short-term WWOOFers
- Long-term WWOOFers
A basic assessment of progress towards our ecological goals can be made by examining two questions:
- Is our work resulting in a net increase in biodiversity over time?
- Are we seeing a net increase in soil fertility
Other goals are:
- to maximize biomass production and carbon uptake
- to maximize carbon sequestration
- to minimize use of energy, especially non-renewable forms
- to increase water retention capability of landscapes; in soils, biomass and in surface features.