Green Fire Farm LLC, established in 2015, is a new regenerative farming venture led by a father-son team of Jim and Jacob Marty. Located 30 miles south of Madison, the farm fills a beautiful valley in Green County, home of America's Little Switzerland and Spotted Cow, New Glarus, and America's Swiss Cheese Capital, Monroe. Six generations, dating back to the 1850's, have stewarded this land by working hard and adopting the newest technologies in agriculture. The Marty family has a rich history of dairymen, cheesemakers, farmers, and foresters.
Green Fire Farm focuses on agricultural and lifestyle practices that regenerate and build soil,
sequester carbon, and enhance the health of the local water, air, and nutrient cycles by observing patterns that occur in nature. Livestock are managed in ways that mimic their natural
history and behavior. This results in healthy and happy animals that produce incredible quality meat in the process. In our first year, cattle, hogs, laying hens, and honey bees settled into their niche on our farm.
Along with livestock, perennial silvopasture (combination of trees and animals) plants like apples, chestnuts, mullberries, pecans, mushrooms, and many other fruits and nuts are being established to recreate a resilient and robust agro-ecosytem while providing food for human consumption and forage for livestock. A thriving farm produces healthy foods that feeds healthy families! Healthy families foster prosperous communities!
In 2015, we started by converting a 50-acre corn field (annual, input-intensive, unsustainable monoculture) into a pasture (perennial, low-input, regenerative, highly diverse polyculture). In the
spring, we bought cattle from a retiring grazer in WI, and then fenced in the pasture and we were on our way! Hogs were reintroduced to the farm for the first time in decades, and their
management offered many learning experiences. The same for laying hens. About 300 chestnuts, persimmons, pecans, redbuds, and other miscellaneous trees were planted for a silvopasture trial
We are just getting started! 2016 has a lot in store for us: 40 more acres of corn and soybean fields converted to pasture; our cattle herd will grow by 50%; our pigs will increase in number 4x; our 100+ baby chicks will mature and start laying; 1000 fruit shrubs will be established to provide pollinator habitat to our honey bees and nature's butterflies and insects; and 8 acres of PIG PARADISE silvopasture will be established with up to 2000+ fruit and nut trees. Maple syrup, sheep, ducks, meat chickens, and turkeys may also show up in the next year! Stay Tuned!