We are committed to organic as a way of life. We feed our animals 100% Certified Organic Feeds or we may use Uncertified Organic Feed from our local farmer friends that we personally know and trust (doesn't happen often). We truly believe in organic.
We are moving away from certifying our meats and eggs as organic. We were certified for 3 years and found that the inspector always had to find something to ding us on, like not having paperwork perfectly organized, despite going above and beyond the organic protocols. As small farmers, we are choosing not to spend our time pushing papers, but instead giving our animals the absolute best quality of life. We invite you to come out and see our farm for yourself.
Did you know that grazing animals don't just eat grass? Our grass-fed grazing animals (cows and sheep) forage on a variety of grasses, weeds (herbaceous plants), dried plant matter and woody plants (trees and bushes) that grow in diverse pastures.
We focus on supplying a diet that our animals would find in their natural setting.
In late summer, when plants have gone to seed, they eat a balanced diet of fibrous grasses and high-energy grass seeds.
In winter, when snow covers the ground, they forage for plants under the snow and their diet is supplemented with hay, a traditional and widely-used animal feed made of sun-dried plants.
In spring and fall they eat fresh green grasses balanced with either hay or young tree shoots.
We know where your meat comes from so you can, too. We invite you to come out and see for yourself.
The majority of our products are raised right here on our farm. We also partner with our local farmer friends at times to bring you a wider array of products. These products will always be labeled with their origin farm. We only work with farmers who we trust and who welcome us on their farm to personally verify the conditions for their animals.
Organic feed is required to be Free of GMOs. We are committed to remaining GMO-Free.
We do not use Hormones or Antibiotics.
We are committed to sourcing our feed primarily from the Pacific Northwest and sometimes greater North America. Organic grains from overseas often cannot be trusted as meeting the intent of the organic standards plus there is a huge carbon footprint to ship all that food around the planet.
We manage our pastures to reduce manure run-off into waterways and to maximize absorption of water and nutrients.
We work with the earth's natural cycles whenever possible.
We encourage diversity of plants, animals and wildlife on our farm.
We do not till the soil to replant our pastures, which kills soil microbes, destroys soil tilth and requires the use of machinery to till, prep and replant seeds. Instead we let the plants reseed themselves naturally.
We use strategic watering practices to conserve water and electricity - we've reduced our water by 60% compared to our past and other farms in our area.
We believe that animals should be harvested where they spend most of their life (on farm) because that is where they feel comfortable and relaxed. This makes for a stress-free harvest and the best quality product. We are moving toward on-farm harvest for all of our animals. In the meantime we are offering it as often as we can.
Animals thrive in their natural environments - on pasture and with familiar sounds, smells, and company.
Our meat is never sent to an auction or stuffed onto a feedlot to fatten up on garbage food.
We never use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on our fields. In addition, by purchasing only 100% North American grown feed, we can guarantee that none of these chemicals were used anywhere in our supply chain.
Better for the earth, better for people, and better for the animals.