Aullwood Farm uses sustainable methods such as grass-based livestock management, conservation-minded farming methods, and crop rotation. The farm does not use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
The Farm Discovery Center welcomes school programs and visitors to our sustainable farm. It is primarily used for education, but also houses the farm offices, classrooms, unique interactive displays, the Liz Wyse auditorium which is available for rental
, and the Miami Valley Child Development Center (MVCDC) Head Start preschool. Just outside the center, there is the Wyse Pavilion, which is a central location from which one can admire all of the farm's buildings, landscape, and animals.
The primary crops grown at the farm are grass and forage crops. Cattle graze the areas where this crop is grown and are moved in a rotation to take advantage of fresh forage and allows for pasture regrowth. Spelt, oats, straw, and hay are produced, harvested, and used at our farm. Aullwood purchases its natural feed locally.
Visitors to the farm are drawn to our 1880’s-style bank barn, which houses draft horses, goats, pigs, donkeys, barn cats, and other species seasonally. Surrounding pastures provide habitat for cattle, turkeys, and goats. Broiler chickens, which are raised for their meat, can be seen in their “chicken tractor” (portable pen) in the spring through fall. Surrounding buildings and pastures house turkeys, layer chickens, a children’s educational garden, and the Greenview Garden Club’s spectacular Herb Garden.
Aullwood strives to be a model of local sustainable agriculture in the Miami Valley and direct markets our farm products. Grass-raised beef, naturally raised chickens, pork and turkey, as well as farm fresh eggs are available seasonally for the public to purchase. Local butchers process our meat, and it is available for sale at the farm store.
Energy Use at the Farm
The farm is an excellent example of how humans fit into natural water and energy cycles. Here are some ways our farm uses energy and water cycles:
- Solar energy is a necessary ingredient for photosynthesis. Animals, including humans, run on solar energy (Vitamin D) by this energy pathway: Sun -> Grass -> Hamburger -> Human -> Manure
- The water cycle is influenced by the degree of rainwater in the soil.
- The spring house is a simple way to use the buffering power of soil and the thermal mass of ground water to keep food cool in the summer.
- The wetland has a gravity driven water ram, which also pumps water.
- The farm center uses an earth-coupled heat pump (ground loop heat pump) to take heat from the ground in winter and dump heat in the ground in the summer. This process saves about $1,000 each year.
9101 Frederick Pike
Dayton, OH 45414