The heartbeat of the ACTS Agriculture Deptartment practices Regenerative agriculture. This is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil.
Our campus is in the second year growth of implementing polyculture farming for our ACTS Garden a market style garden; organic no-till practices allow for soil farming to restore the land.
The ACTS Garden Education Center hosts a variety of bio-intensive garden beds based on John Jevons model of “How to grow more Vegetables”. All Thrive Institute nutritional education, natural medicine and beyond organic gardening practices that include seed saving are taught in this center.
As a necessary tool for our climate we feature a 25x 36 snow arch greenhouse for year round growing and greenhouse education. We will be teaching creative farming techniques of vertical gardening, solar power, rainwater harvesting, thermal heat regulation and possibly aquaponics.
The children love the kale but the highlight of their day is in the Animal Husbandry Barn where we host all purpose wool sheep of American Tunis as well as East Friesian Dairy Sheep. OUr flock is halter broke which allows for our community to easily handle the sheep. Our practices for natural health revolve around rotational cell grazing and herbal medicine. We are blessed to be able to equip the body with the skill to clean slaughter sheep and poultry according to the ways of the bible. THe goal in progress is to teach how to use all parts of the animal that include tanning the hide.
Our fruit orchards with edible landscape, agroforestry and strategically placed medicinal foods and herbs compliment the food forest to restore the natural balance of food production.
The buzz around the pastures is the coming apiary to educate on safe beekeeping for pollination and honey production.
All of our interns and apprentices that learn at ACTS go through a season serving in our outreach division teaching the principles offered with Thrive Institute.