A Mississippi Business Journal report tells how Johnny Wray’s experience doing God’s work in Third World countries inspired his small-scale agriculture operation at High Hope Farm. Read article here.

High Hope Farm has been featured in a podcast! Dr. Beth Baker, Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University hosts Coffee & Conservation podcast. Johnny Wray talks about High Hope Farm and regenerative agriculture. Listen to the podcast here.

High Hope Farm appears in Mississippi Business Journal story on raising grass-fed beef
Read the article here.

A New Flock of Hens Arrive at High Hope Farm
High Hope Farm has added a new flock of chickens — 44 egg laying hens and one rooster.
They include these breeds: Hampshires, Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Astralorps and Leghorns.

Getting Ready for Winter

With the first frost of the year behind us and winter rapidly approaching now is a good time to de-worm to keep our animals in good shape during the cold weather months. Our steers have just completed a three day de-worming regimen of apple cider vinegar, Basic H, kelp meal and diatomaeceous earth. That, along with daily moves to paddocks that have been rested for at least 2 months, has proven to be an excellent guard against worms and ensures our beef is safe, healthy and tasty.

At High Hope Farm we strive never to use antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, chemical de-wormers and other manufactured drugs on our steers and lambs. We would only use an antibiotic or chemical de-wormer when an animal’s life was endangered but never routinely.

New High Hope Farm Resident Farmer Miller Kinstley is shown with Johnny and Deb Wray. In the background are some of the farm’s lambs.

High Hope Farm Intern Jamie Wolgamott, here with Butterbean, has been working with our horses this summer.

A publication of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi conducted a Question and Answer interview of Johnny Wray for an Alumni Spotlight feature.

The introduction of the article said:

Currently, Johnny and his wife, Deb, run High Hope Farm — 38 acres of lush farmland located near Cedar Bluff, Miss. More than just traditional farmers, Johnny and Deb are part of a movement of farmers who use holistic agricultural practices to promote the well-being of the earth…. Johnny and Deb are working to promote sustainable / regenerative farming and to expand the market for organic, locally-grown foods.

Read the full article here.

Resources and Helpful Articles

The following are links and information about sustainable farming and regenerative agriculture that may interest you:

This article reflects on the question, “Why aren’t we all addressing climate change at each meal by skipping the meat?” by sharing information about CAFOs (confined animal feed operation) and industrial farming.  “There’s a better way to help the climate than abstaining from beef” – MinnPost

As writer Wendell Berry observed, when commercial, or “factory,” farming increased, small family owned farms started to decline – putting a strain on rural communities and local economies. An article in The Guardian tells more of this story. “How America’s Food Giants Swallowed the Family Farms” – The Guardian

The terms “sustainable farming” and “regenerative agriculture” sound similar, but can mean different things. As this article shows, it is important to take steps to improve – not just maintain – the land. Read about the research and first-hand experience of those who are taking these steps and seeing positive results. “Regenerative agriculture can make farmers stewards of the land again” – TheConversation

Gracy Olmstead’s opinion article featured in The New York Times features an interview with farmer and poet Wendell Berry, who shares his perspectives on industrial farming, economic shift, and generational “prejudice” towards working on a farm. “Wendell Berry’s Right Kind of Farming” – The New York Times