Restoring the land has been our primary mission at the Anthill.  We are working to create ecological food production systems that mimic nature and a perennial based production model that uses agroforestry and silvopasture as it’s foundation.  Using the savanna ecosystem as a model we are combining the food producing plants that thrive in our area (hybrid chestnut, hybrid hazelnut, pear, apple, blackberries, raspberries, etc.) to create perennial production rows that mimic the overstory tree and shrub layer of a savanna, we then use the alleyways in between these rows to grow either grass which is grazed by animals or annual vegetables.  This type of production system works with nature rather than against it and once it is put into place provides much of it’s own fertility and becomes a low input, high output system.

Any additional information about this type of food production can be found by searching for Restoration Agriculture.