Our Farm Animals
Our animals play a key role in our whole farm system. 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. On our farm, we raise grass fed Scottish Highland cattle for grass- fed beef, pastured Berkshire/Duroc heritage breed pigs, and making a comeback in 2020 are pastured organic chickens for meat.
Our mission is to increase the health and soil of our farm. Animals do this by sequestering carbon, building organic matter and stimulating healthy perennial grasses and forbs to grow on this land. Vegetables take a lot of minerals and nutrients to grow. There needs to be fertility to grow vegetables. And unless you are going to use a chemical fertilizer (not allowed in organic farming), you need animal manures and cover crops. We do buy in some manure, but we are working towards creating our own with rotating our animals on fallow land and creating compost (vegetable and manure). Buy rotating our animals on pasture, we are not only managing our land in an way that helps the soil. It is also good for our animals. They always have fresh forage and hay. They stay clean and healthy with a diverse diet, clean environment and lots of healthy microbes.
Not that we need another reason to raise healthy animals on our farm besides building our soil and keeping our animals healthier and happier, but the meat quality is noticeably tastier and better for you. The Omega 3:6 ratio and CLA’s in our meats are higher due to a more diverse diet than your conventional corn fed animal. We do not have to give our animals antibiotics because their guts are healthy and therefore they do not get sick. We do not have to worm our animals due to them being rotated so frequently on our healthy pastures and having a strong and healthy immune system. Our meats have more flavor, no filler and no pesticide, hormone or antibiotic residue, something you cannot say about store bought meats- even organic meats.
SIGN UP FOR PASTURED PORK Here!
For Grass-Fed Beef, at this point, we are only selling as add-ons to our CSA customers and the Pastured Meat Share (below). In the Fall of 2020 we hope to have enough inventory to start selling beef packages, as well.
Pastured Meat Share: This share contains all three pastured proteins our farm has to offer including:
10 lbs ground beef
5 whole chickens (about 22lbs)
20 lbs pork (chops 4-6, bacon 2-3, plain ground 2, brats 1 , roast 1, ham steak 1.5-2, link 1 or breakfast sausage 1, hocks or spare ribs) $360 Sign Up Here
We now have Organic Pasture Raised Chickens! These birds were not fed corn or soy, only an organic barley and pea ration in addition to fresh daily pasture. They run about 4.5 lbs a piece and you can SIGN UP HERE