This foundationally important practice builds our soil fertility and locks atmospheric carbon into the soil. It also provides natural parasite control for our sheep, without the use of wormicides. We plant diverse forage crops that serve our livestock as well as bees, predatory insects, and songbirds. The incredible quality of our products is a direct reflection of the quality and biodiversity of our pasture. Sheep balance their diet with a choice of diverse grasses and legumes; chickens--natural omnivores--forage voraciously for insects to supplement the GMO-free feed we purchase from a nearby mill.
All of our animals have full access to the outdoors at all times of year. Our “access to the outdoors” is not a pecked-over dirt lot. Rather, in spring, summer, and fall, both chickens and sheep are rotationally grazed onto fresh pasture daily. In Winter, sheep are housed at night, but roam freely on 35-acres during the day; our far-ranging chickens roam over the several acres adjacent to their roosting structure. This unfettered outdoor access is not just important for our animals’ nutrition, but for their overall well-being, allowing space and setting to express their innate behaviors.
We forge personal relationships with our customers and we are always open to visits. We’ve had chefs, cookbook authors, fellow farmers, whole families, and plenty of others stop by to learn more about what we do. We welcome a warm and open dialogue about our farm practices and methods.