What we're looking at is God's design, nature's template, and using that as a pattern to cut around and lay it down on a domestic model to duplicate that pattern that we see in nature. ~Joel Salatin
About Flannery Farm
Flannery Farm is now located on 7.75 acres in pastoral Valley Ford, which is a rural town in the beautiful, foody, wine country, rural, dairy land that is Sonoma County, California. We are a private farm located on the former renowned and well respected Big Tree Llama Farm. The coastally influenced area paired with gently sloped Class B Loam soils rated as "prime farmland" and "farmland of statewide importance" by United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service. What does this mean? This means Flannery Farm is located on supreme, fertile, well-draining farmland with a climate that stays relatively moderate year-round without high heat in the summer, which can be very hard for livestock and horses (especially foals and retired horses) to endure. Our moderate climate and the fertile loam soil allows for our pastures to remain green for the majority of the year.
Flannery Farm strives to maintain our farm in a sustainable way by utilizing permaculture methodology as much as possible. The grazing of our pastures is rotated and pastures are allowed to rest. With our professional knowledge and experience in mitigation, restoration, and hydrology, we strive to keep all the pastures growing grass and utilize practices like using fallen tree branches inset into slopes to create localized ponding of water, increase infiltration as well as increasing shaded areas with additional native trees being slowly added, methodically removing non-native invasive plants as much as possible, and seeding with native seeds. These practices encourage infiltration, which is good for ground water recharge, and help us elongate the natural growing season of the pastures. The removal of non-native invasive species and encouraging the establishment of native species also aides in the lengthening of the pastures' natural growing as native species are naturally better suited to the local growing conditions.