The mission of our farm is to treat our animals well, improve the land we use, and be a healthy resource for our community. We are committed to the following tenets:
- Small-scale, sustainable agriculture: We keep our animals the way nature intended: in fresh air, sunlight, on the pasture, and with plenty of space to move around. Our animals are never given routine antibiotics because they are healthy; they live in their natural habitat and eat their natural diet. They are not given artificial hormones because we believe that natural growth rates are best for our animals. When possible, we look to preserve heritage breed livestock that are well adapted to our climate and thrive in a pasture based system.
- Intelligent natural farming methods: We recognize that having a wide variety of animals living in harmony creates a healthy and strong ecosystem. Our farm practices rotational grazing, which improves farmland rather than robbing it of nutrients. In nature, herds of grazing animals such as buffalo are followed by birds that would sanitize the prairie. In the same way we rotate our grazing animals such as cows and sheep, and then follow them with birds, chicken and turkey. This type of farming has been highlighted in several recent books and documentaries, such as Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Inc.
- Healthy farms make healthy food, and healthy food makes a healthy community: Animals raised on pasture are healthier for you. Their meat and eggs have less total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. It is higher in vitamins, beta carotene, antioxidants, and health-promoting fats. Our country’s addiction to cheap and fast food has enticed farmers to cut corners and abuse the very land they rely on. Ultimately, this creates factory farms where animals are over-crowded and live in unsanitary, unnatural conditions. Unhealthy food robs people of nutrients and contributes to poor health.
- Strong Community Asset: We pride ourselves in being the type of farm that benefits our neighbors and community. In addition to on the farm sales, we are present at farmers’ markets, subscription vegetable cooperatives (CSA’s), and sell our products to local restaurants, diners, and specialty food stores, providing our community with healthy food options. We serve as an educational resource to our neighbors and community.