Our Farm Animals
Our animals play a key role in our farming systems. We both started farming feeling that a farm is not a “farm” without animals! They provide essential fertility for our fields, help to aerate the soil and work up the dirt. They also eat our culled vegetables and turn that into manure that goes back on our fields. We feed them, and they feed us.
We started out with a small farm flock of laying hens, but saw the demand for nutritious, pastured chicken eggs was really there. Although it is not a profitable enterprise for us, we feel it is an important service to offer our members and we also get a lot of our protein from them, too! They also benefit our fields.
Our pigs came our second year of farming. They have been really fun to work with, as we have chosen a heritage breed, Red Wattle/Berkshire cross, that is known for their friendliness, rooting ability and amazing taste. You will not find finer pork than from strictly pasture raised heritage bred hogs. They have a pretty good life on the farm and we make a point to rotate them frequently so they can always have fresh ground to root up. Sign up will begin in June. Find the Sign- up form here. Whole, 1/2 and 1/4 hog shares. Deliveries start in October. Email us if you want to get on the list to be notified when sign up begins.
For 2017, we are bringing meat chickens back due to popular demand! We will be raising the well-known Freedom Rangers again. These birds will be GMO-free, soy-free organically fed birds that will be moved everyday so they have the freshest pasture available to them. They take a little longer to size up than the Cornish Cross that is typically grown for meat. However, their taste is superior and they are bred to do better on pasture. Sign up will begin in June! You can find the sign- up form here. Email us if you want to get on the list to be notified when we are taking sing ups.