The return of Persephone marks the beginning of the growing season, with farmers planting crops and tending to the land in preparation for the summer harvest. For our area, the Persephone period is from November 14 to January 28. The days are gradually getting longer (today, March 27th, there are 13 hours and 19 minutes of light—hooray!) until the first day of spring in mid-March when we reach 12 hours of daylight. As a grower, it’s important to know when your Persephone period is because most plants won’t grow when there are less than 10 hours of daylight.
Spring is a critical time of the year for sustainable cattle, pig, and chicken farms. With the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer days, animals can move from indoor feeding to pasture grazing. The grazing season, the return of fresh, nutritious grasses and plants, and the beginning of planting and cultivation create a shift in diet that not only promotes animal health and wellbeing but also helps to regenerate the soil by promoting biodiversity and natural nutrient cycling. These factors all contribute to the health and wellbeing of the livestock, as well as promoting biodiversity, natural nutrient cycling, and sustainable agriculture practices.