Today I received a present at work - a bag of freshly processed local lamb for my freezer for the winter. Nantucket is not a big island but we do have a few sources of local meat and one of the tastiest is grown right on Nantucket Conservation Foundation property!
NCF began a research project over 8 years to use sheep to manage woody plant growth. One assumption a lot of people have is that unique grasslands found on Nantucket are a remnant of past intensive grazing across the island. We started keeping a sheep flock out on our Squam Farm property, using sheep grazing to stop the encroachment of small oak trees, grape vines and poison ivy into open grasslands and so far the project has been very successful!