Our CSA is for people who love animals and happen to eat meat. It is for people who want to know the farmer that raises their food and be sure that the meat they consume is humanely raised without any hormones or antibiotics. It is also for people who love great tasting meat! Each monthly share contains meat that was processed that month – unlike commercial meat that can stay in cargo ships in a semi-frozen state for many months- our animals go from hoof to plate in an average of thirty days or less.
No, we are not certified organic, nor do we plan to become certified organic. Organic certification simply certifies that the animal is fed organic feed. It does NOT address how the animals live, how they are treated or whether they ever see fresh air and sunshine.
We feed a great deal of hay to our cattle and sheep over the course of the winter. We purchase our hay from a local farmer who used to milk cows and now sells hay. He keeps over 200 acres open, does not use any chemicals or sprays and is basically organic. He is not going to spend the time or money to become certified organic because he has no need to. We choose to spend our dollars locally and support his hay business rather than trucking “organic” hay in from Canada or the mid-west to feed our animals.
We are all about the quality of life for our animals. We do feed and water each one of our livestock twice a day. We take time to pet and play with our pigs, say hello to our cows and cluck at our chickens. We make sure our moms can nurse their babies, we allow our animals to give birth naturally. All the animals have pasture to play in, woods to roam in and a warm dry place to lay down in at night