How We Grow Your Food
We are serious about your food!
We know that your food affects your body, your mood, your health, the environment and it is so important to get it right. As an organic farm and one that is committed to reducing our carbon footprint (yes it can be done with meat!) we are so proud to offer you the healthiest, nutrient dense, ethical and ecologically friendly food that you can find! All this while knowing that your purchases help our local and international community!
We purchase our chicks from a hatchery only 1/2 hr away. This is crucial because as day olds you want to make sure they are as stress free as possible. We bring them home in our van and put them straight away in a warm room that is at least 28C. There they have clean water and certified organic feed. In about two weeks they are then taken to our hoop house. This is a much bigger space that is half indoors, half outdoors. We let the chickens grow out their feathers for another couple weeks in the hoop house. All the while they are eating certified organic feed. Finally we can put them out on pasture! This can vary depending on the time of year. In the middle of the summer we can put them out at 2 weeks, in the spring they are closer to a month old. On pasture they are in a large enclosure that is called a chicken tractor. It is a safe space where the chickens live outside with access to shelter from the elements, water and certified organic feed. They also will be scratching for bugs, worms and grass.
We bring the chickens along the grass so that every day they have a fresh place to live and fresh grass to eat. We also bring the chicken tractors behind our goats so that they eat the bugs that have started to gather in the goat manure. The chickens will eat much closer to the ground then goats and so they would very well to come behind the goats on pasture. At approximately eight weeks we bring them to a butcher only 1/2 hr away which is again, very important to minimize stress.
Grass fed meat has been tested to show that is has the same omega 3 as salmon. It also contains a significant amount of vit D which is very important in winter months! The chickens are eating less grain then conventional chicken which means it needs less fossil fuels and land to grow their food.
We are in the process of starting our own herd on rented land, so in the meantime we purchase our cows from The Meeting Place farm. We will start butchering our own beef in fall 2021. The Meeting Place is a local farm who has farmed organically since 1973. This is what they say about their cattle -
"We raise our own calves from a small herd of Saler Herford and Angus cross cows.
Our cattle spend the summer and fall on our pastures where we move them daily so that they graze in a manner similar to a herd of Buffalo. They graze an area intensely fertilizing it with their dung and then moving on to a fresh piece and coming back after the plants have had a chance to fully recover from the first grazing. They have access to fresh water, salt, mineral and kelp while on pasture. We have also been practicing Holistic Management planned rotational grazing to achieve more “herd effect” on our pastures and have increased the recovery time for the plants. This means giving the cattle a very small area for a few hours before moving them into the next piece. Any steers that we overwinter are fed baled organic hay."
We are slowly converting our pork from Birkshire pigs to a Kune Kune pig. Kune Kune's are a much smaller pig that takes twice as long to grow then a conventional pig. They are an amazing pig that eats only two pounds of grain a day comparted to a conventional pig that will eat 10 pounds a day! Kune Kune pigs will graze the grass and eat hay which means that the meat is much healthier and environmentally friendly.
In the winter our pigs live with the goats in a large shed with deep straw. When it gets gets warmer they are in their own area with a shelter. They will be moved every few days so they do not do too much damage to the grass. Pigs have VERY strong noses and have been called "natures plow". This can be great to dig up new gardens but not so helpful in making sure you still have grass left over for the goats and chickens. We will rotate the pigs in a separate area from the goats and chickens. They will have access to grass, milk, nuts from the trees, our food scraps and certified organic feed.