It is our utmost priority to avoid all GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and even Bt spray which is permitted in organic farming. We have gone to great extents to eliminate these from our lives, so much so that we don’t eat out and haven’t in over 8 years. That is how serious we are about GMOs and harmful chemicals in our food. We are glad to answer your questions at any time and would love to have you out to the farm so you can see our practices firsthand.
Do we feed our animals non-GMO feed?
All our animals are fed a non-GMO diet. Our livestock is raised on pasture that is not sprayed and fed grass/alfalfa hay through the winter. This is from an old stand of alfalfa. There is not a lot of alfalfa left in the pasture and it was planted well before there was any GMO alfalfa. Non- GMO feed is a top priority for us. We don't want to eat anything with GMOs and we know that if our animals eat it they will pass it on to us. If GMOs aren't good for us then they aren't good for our animals either.
Why buy local?
Buying local means that you are eating the freshest food possible. This means that it also is healthier and tastier because it is picked at it’s prime, not weeks before it arrived at the grocery store, before it was even ripe. It also means that, like thousands of others across the country who are participating in the local food movement, you are choosing to support your local community. The other benefit of buying locally grown food is the sustainability factor. Sure you can walk into the grocery store and buy just about any kind of fruit or vegetable you would want any time of the year. But when you think about it, is that the best choice? Why have something shipped across the country when it is grown down the street from your house. When you buy local you eliminate all the packaging required for shipping and the fuel it takes to trek it across the country and the environment thanks you. The following is from an article written by River Lin on Earth's Friends website. It goes into more detail about the local food movement. How the Local Food Movement Began The local food movement began as a reaction to a shift in the federal farm policy in the 1970s. Until that time, federal money supported farmers by supplementing their costs. President Nixon promised to cut food prices and did so by shifting federal dollars from farmers in general to only a few commodity crops, in particular, corn and soy. Food prices dropped significantly, but the farmers suffered tremendously. This marked the end of farming as we had always known it because farmers filed for bankruptcy and left their fields forever. Small farms were bought out by big companies and consolidated into huge enterprises that produced massive amounts of corn and soy. Because corn and soy are cheap and incredibly versatile, new foods were invented using these products. Our markets became saturated with processed foods, sweetened beverages, and feedlot meat. It literally changed our diets completely. Globalization Sends Foods Across the Globe At the same time, “internationalization” and “globalization” were the buzz words of the day. We could get any kind of product from anywhere in the world. In terms of our food, this meant getting fresh strawberries in November and a plethora of other traditionally seasonal foods all year round. Not only could be buy apples for example, at any time of the year, we even had a choice of the kind of apples – red delicious, granny smith, fuji, vista bella, Spartan, golden delicious, just to name a few. And this became the case for every kind of food from fresh fruits and vegetables to processed foods in plastic, aluminum and cardboard containers. Gluttony galore! We flourished in the feasting and never thought about the possibility of negative ramifications. Fast forward 25 – 30 years and we begin to see the correlation between this fast food paradise and the plagues that threaten our very existence. Economic downfall, health care disaster, obesity, faltering social structures, and political chaos can all attribute at least part of the blame on the fast food bubble. Realizing the connection between our food supply and the problems in our society catapulted the local food movement into mainstream society.
Economic Implications Not eating locally grown food is, on varying levels, cheaper. It doesn’t make logical sense, but because of advancements in technology and the effects of globalization, it is cheaper to obtain foods grown in other countries than foods grown at home. Land and labor are both cheaper in Costa Rica than in Hawaii, for example, so Costa Rican pineapples are cheaper than Hawaiian pineapples. The economics of imported food certainly fueled the trend away from local food for several decades. The hidden costs of cheap food however, primarily processed and sweetened foods made from corn and soy byproducts, are finally coming to light. As a result, the economic implications of cheap food are now one of the driving forces in the local food movement." River Lin for Earth’s Friends http://www.earthsfriends.com/local-food-movement/
Why buy Heirloom?
Heirlooms are varieties of plants that have been around anywhere from 50 to over a thousand years. They are open pollinated and grow true year after year. They have been bred and selected for generation to produce better flavor, resistance to disease, and ability to grow in a given climate. Nearly all of the seeds that are currently developed in the U.S. are being developed by the giant chemical agribusiness companies for large scale farming. When they are developing these seeds they are not considering flavor, not even nutritional content. The attributes they are looking for, and perpetuating, are shipability, longevity and the ability to withstand copious amounts of pesticides, herbicides and sewage sludge. Attributes that neither you nor I would choose for ourselves or our children. Locked up within the heirloom seeds lies DNA full of true attributes. The ability to adapt to a particular climate or build up a resistance to disease or pests. If we fail to regenerate these seeds then we will lose these abilities forever. There is not one grocery store tomato that can compare to an heirloom tomato. The array of flavors that you can get from heirloom tomatoes is amazing. The same goes for all heirloom vegetables and fruits. Nothing can compare. The diversity that is locked inside their DNA is not something that we want to lose to hybridization and genetic engineering. Growing heirlooms and purchasing heirloom produce insures that heirloom will be around for years to come.
What are our hours of operation?
Growing all this produce and raising animals takes a lot of work. You will most often find us outside in the garden, or working with the animals. We would love to have you out to the farm. Stop in for a visit to see where your food comes from. A fun benefit of buying local is seeing and knowing where your food comes from. Please call us to make sure we are available. We are closed on Saturdays to observe the Lord’s Sabbath rest.
Do we offer payment plans?
Yes, we believe that everyone should have access the fresh, GMO-free produce so we offer three payment plans. Detailed information on our payment plans can be found on our pricing page.
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