By Brian Lee TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
WORCESTER — Missouri rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate Greg Judy told more than 1,000 conference-goers to treat animals right, and heal the soil.
The mix will result in good food for humans, said Mr. Judy, the keynote speaker of the 28th annual winter conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association held at Worcester State University Saturday.
Mr. Judy runs a grazing operation on 1,580 acres of leased and owned land made from 15 farms.
Mr. Judy, who does not use lime, fertilizer, seeding, chemicals or equipment, went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200-acre farm and house in three years. Seven years ago, he switched to what he called holistic high-density grazing.
He said, “Unless we can stop this erosion of chemicals, and farmers being removed from the land, pretty soon we’re not going to have any farmers left.
“And so my idea is to get more people back out on the land. How do you do that? It’s got to be profitable. If we can’t teach young people how to raise a profitable enterprise on the land, they can’t stay on the land.”
Mr. Judy said he has practiced what he’s preached the last 10 years, but “did it wrong” for the prior 30 years with his conventional agriculture.
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