The Land & Bivalve Station – Pasture-Based, Historic Family Farm
Bivalve Dairy is a pasture-based grazing operation that strives on the success of pasture management and grazing strategies. Naturally, the frequent foggy damp weather in Point Reyes allows the land to be lush and green for a longer period of time than most other places in California. At Bivalve Dairy, John and Karen have implemented many techniques of farming that allows them to utilize the pasture given to them to the fullest capacity.
On the farm, we utilize soil aeration to promote the downward root growth of native forages and maintain rangeland by seeding with a no-till drill. Both are best practice management tools endorsed by the NRCS – Natural Resource Conservation Service, the RCD – Resource Conservation District and UCCE – University of California Cooperative Extension and assist in propagating native forages and minimizing the spread of invasive species.
Irrigation on a regular basis with effluent water from the cattle, as well as the runoff created during the rainy season, is a valuable resource for managing pastures and plays an important role in water conservation in the Tomales Bay watershed.
“We’re really pleased with the North Coast Excellence Certified program and appreciate the rewards it brings. It keeps our family dairy viable. ”
– Karen Taylor
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