|Floyd Kelley and Felicia Smith|
Burshirt Valley Heritage Farm presentation at Village Lyceum on Sunday, November 26
Started in 1980 by his father, Ted Kelley, Floyd carries on the tradition with his own free range heritage breed pork and piglets which are rotationally grazed for the mutual benefit of pigs and pasture. Today, the Burnshirt Valley Farm provides heritage pork, piglets, chicken, and duck.
"Burshirt Valley farm is a small farm specializing in the raising of pigs on pasture. The land is a small part of what was my great grandfather's farm passed down to me by my parents. The focus is on the diversity of plant and animal species and developing soil. We’re building towards sustainability through diversity, taking the innovations of today alongside ideas of the past," Kelley said.
The presentation will include an overview of the farm, current markets, herd management, setting up the farm for efficient management and pasture vs conventional system. plus, there will be a discussion at the end of the upcoming pressures on agriculture.
Kelley attended Mount Wachusett Community College and is a member of the Planning Board in the town of Barre. Joining Floyd will be Felicia Smith, a graduate of UMass who lives and works at the farm. Smith had previously worked at Red Fire Farm, an organic vegetable farm, in Montague. She most recently served as a Community Health Improvement Program volunteer with the Peace Corps in Zambia, Africa.