Do you know where your food comes from?
Our farm is certified organic. We use only manures and lime on the soil and feed the animals (chickens, turkeys) either certified organic grains or (pigs) minerals and “natural” grains that are non-GMO and locally-raised and milled. Feeds do not contain “non-food additives” common in commercial feed (antibiotics, growth promoters such as arsenic, etc.). Animals are raised with access to the outdoors as much as possible given their ages, predator pressure and conditions of the pastures and weather cycle. The animals are humanely raised and safely processed at local butchers. You are welcome to visit our farm anytime and see all of this for yourself.
We recognize that it takes extra time and effort to find, buy and store locally produced, seasonally available food. However, with recent events in the world, the importance of building local food networks has never been greater. Consider the “quality” of industrial meats and other foods, food safety issues, chemical residues, our carbon footprint and food sovereignty.
Now we hear that US chicken will be sent to China for processing and sent back for consumption here ( see link #1 below) and Chinese companies are buying Smithfield, the largest pork company in the world (link #2 below). Do YOU want your food coming from China??
The act of buying local food, besides providing you with the best, healthiest food on the planet, is assuring the survival of small farms and a thriving farm economy in your own neighborhood. Your food dollar is going almost 100% to support the local farm economy. Our daily farm operation pays the organic farmer that grows the grains we use, the suppliers of chicks, local store-keepers, hardware stores, farm supply and repair shops, our processors, our neighbors who sell us straw and hay – all local, small farmers and businesses. It’s this simple: your vote with your dollar helps us all to keep a viable local economy!
Farmers and eaters need each other to stay healthy physically and economically!
(2) CNN article
Would you like to volunteer?
Each year at our farm is different depending on changes in the economy, which enterprises we undertake and who gets to stay home at the farm (if anybody) vs. work in town. Consequently, often we are happy to host a farm intern for the summer – preferably from about April through November. We offer room and board, and, after a suitable trial period, a small stipend for the right person(s). After reading about our farm, If you are interested in working with us, email us and we can discuss the possibilities.
Or, alternatively, if you think you’d like to try your hand at mucking, digging, scything or anything else we need help with around the farm… We can always use the help, and if we can’t at the moment, we will let you know when we can!