Tenacious Acres

Connecting Environmental Stewardship to the equestrian Art

   

Tenacious Acres Restorative Agriculture is our outreach program geared toward growing specialty crops and educating the community in restorative gardening techniques. Our approach incorporates the use of endangered breeds of goats and poultry, such as the San Clemente Island Goat, Tufted Roman Geese, and Buff Orpington Ducks. We’re excited to partner with Farmer Foodshare to sell some of our produce! We’ll be selling dried herbs and other farm products through our website, and we’re in the process of developing online course and in-person workshops. Many of these courses will be available at a discount for those who struggle with food security, and produce that isn’t sold will be donated to local food banks.

Part of caring for the horses includes caring for their environment. We are passionate about holistic farm management, using partner animals and gardens for enrichment and property management. Our San Clemente Island Goats assist with weed control and forest management, and our poultry eat nuisance bugs and pests. The horses also play an important part, creating a carbon sink in the soil through their waste. We have several gardens planted around the property, including a blueberry patch, a greenhouse, and more. Our goal is to be as green as possible in the near future, and we are looking at ways we can utilize solar energy for our electricity needs as well as reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. However, we also believe that a working farm can be beautiful and picturesque, and we hope to capture this efficient beauty in our facility’s set-up. We have several projects in the works, including setting up agroforestry and hydroponics. Stay tuned for more updates!

Join us for our regular farm tours to learn more about what we’re doing! These farm tours support our programs and overall mission.

THE SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND GOAT:

A critically endangered breed.

  

We are honored to be stewards of the rare San Clemente Island Goat, a critically endangered breed from off the cost of California. The San Clemente Island Goat was discovered on San Clemente Island, though their origins are not completely certain. They have since been removed from the island and are maintained by a small number of passionate breeders around the country. This special breed is a smaller, more deer-like breed with a quiet temperament and beautiful colors. While they are like the Mustang of the goat world, they produce excellent milk with high butterfat content. Their fiber is now now being studied for cashmere quality. Our goats help us maintain the property through “goatscaping.” While they have horns, they are very diligent and sweet-tempered. The bucks famously have large, twisting horns, a gentle disposition, and a much less stinky odor than other breeds. Our flock consists of several different bloodlines, including Rivetti, New Hampshire, and Ahrensberg. We hope to explore some of their different purposes, such as milk and cashmere production. We do have occasional kids for sale, so keep an eye out for updates!

Our Poultry:

Geese, Ducks, chickens, and more.

A flock of ducks swimming and diving in a pond at Tempus Renatus Farm  Lone duck swims in pond at Tempus Renatus Farm

We are home to several different barnyard birds, including peafowl, chickens, ducks, and geese. Staying true to our mission to preserve rare breeds, our birds include Tufted Roman Geese, White-Faced Black Spanish chickens, Buff Orpington ducks, and more. While our poultry-raising efforts have been more barnyard focused, we hope to concentrate our poultry efforts and start breeding and selling young birds and hatching eggs. However, the biggest purpose of our poultry is to reduce the number of flies and other nuisance insects. They are amazingly effective! Our ducks love to pick beetles off the garden plants, and our geese are “watchdogs” for the other birds. As our flock grows, we hope to sell eggs to the local community.