Swiss Village Foundation preserves heritage and endangered breeds

Swiss Village Foundation preserves heritage livestock breeds. Photo provided by SVF Foundation

Swiss Village Foundation preserves heritage livestock breeds. Photo provided by SVF Foundation

Swiss Village Foundation (SVF) preserves rare and endangered breeds of food and fiber livestock including cattle, sheep and goats. SVF offers a range of public educational programs for  everyone including preschoolers and vet school students.

Why Preserve Heritage and Rare BreedsAccording to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, our planet loses one livestock breed every month. Decreasing food chain diversity puts the whole planet’s food chain at risk. Many heritage breeds thrive on pasture forage and do not need high intensity corn. Small New England farms benefit from genetically diverse, low maintenance herds. “Heritage breeds are a critical piece of the Local Food movement,” said Sarah Bowley. [Learn more here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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