As always, play and work combine! I was able to hook up for a private tour with Alice of the Golden Hoof, a slow food farm in Boulder, CO (http://www.thegoldenhoof.com).
This farm specializes in streamline efficiency and green living and farming practices - both of which we are hoping to design and implement at Painted Bar Stables in the next couple years. There are so many streamlining concepts that could potentially help to reduce waste at Painted Bar, but moreover a streamline trajectory thinking culture that I hope to improve at our stables.
I was impressed at how nothing goes to waste on this 27 acre farm: seeds are sprouted for a more efficient and less wasteful feed system, animals are mostly free range, manure is used for either compost for gardening or compost heating systems to heat the greenhouses and sprouting room, and it all cycles back!
Furthermore, they recently instituted an internship program similar to the one we have at Painted Bar Stables and work with the WWOOFer program to share knowledge in a labor barter environment. It was inspirational to hear what has worked for them.
Whenever I am able to travel to farms around the world to knowledge share it is always an amazing experience.