Farm: Pewter Farm
Location: Gadsden County
Date of Origination: N/A
Commodities: Cow/Calf Operation
Marcus and Jean Edwards own and operate Pewter Farm in Gadsden County. The farm originally grew corn, cotton, peanuts, swine and cattle in the late 1800s. Later in the 1950s, it began producing tobacco, corn, pole beans, squash, cattle, and other vegetables. Today, the farm is a cow/calf operation and produces hay.
Pewter Farms has implemented BMPs since the 1950s. BMPs are a set of guidelines that advise producers on how to manage the water, nutrient, and pesticides they are using to reduce agriculture’s impact on the state’s natural resources. Some BMPs that have been implemented on the property include rotational grazing and fencing of wetlands.
Rotational grazing is a system that improves pasture longevity, allows for more timely utilization of forage and increases the stocking rates without a negative impact on the land. Rotational grazing utilizes cross fencing or fencing of sensitive areas to allow for animal rotation and protection of waterbodies. By rotating the herd from pasture to pasture, it gives the grass enough time to grow tender leaves for cattle grazing and enhances efficiency to the pastures’ growth. These practices ensure that their land will remain productive and viable for future generations.
Edwards is active in his community as a member to the 1st Baptist Church and the Gadsden Farm Bureau. He is also a retired member from the Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District after 36 years, and from the Clerk of Holding Poles in Sawdust Community.
When asked why he thinks it is important to protect our environment, Edwards responded, “To save our soil, water, and natural resources for future generations of our families. We must do so to save our land for future crops and our water for family use and crop rotation.”