Posted by Reedy Fork Organic Farm on 10/28/2011 to News
"Alfalfa is a nutritional powerhouse for dairy cows. It's high in protein, fiber, calcium, vitamins C, E, and K as well as B-complex vitamins. In fact, alfalfa naturally supports lactation, a great bonus on a dairy farm like ours. A high-yield perennial crop, alfalfa is harvested several times a year. Its deep root system makes it a drought-resistant forage crop. In addition to its versatility as a feed, alfalfa benefits the soil where it's grown. That's why farmers all over the world grow alfalfa more than any other feed crop. The bacteria that's found in its root nodules is able to ""fix"" nitrogen. If you're wondering about nitrogen ""fixing,"" it's what happens when alfalfa's roots take the nitrogen from the air and add it to the soil. Some commercial farmers enhance their soil with the addition of chemical nitrogen, but organic farmers know that alfalfa naturally, efficiently adds nitrogen to the soil where it's planted. How cool is that? We plant alfalfa because we know understand the many benefits of this thick-growing purple flower. Now that you know, you have another reason to enjoy a glass of organic milk. Would you like a cookie with that? "