Meet the Berge family.
Farmers in Pope County, they completed a conservation easement on their land last spring.
The Berges recently conserved their 284 acre land located in Pope County as part of a Conservation Grazing system that will ensure that viable, robust and diverse grasslands are maintained.
The idea of rotational grazing will be familiar to those who read Michael Pollan’s 2006 book Omnivore’s Dilemma, which detailed the practices of Polyface Farms and owner Joel Salatin. The Berge’s utilize temporary fencing to graze the cattle in small paddocks according to a prescribed regimen dictated by site-specific circumstances.
You can read a fascinating blog by photographer Paul Raymaker with more of his photographs and his highly engaging narrative of Jess Berge's commitment to his family and his land.