We have sold out of pastured chicken for 2015. We do have whole and half pigs available to reserve for the end of October. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve yours today. Be sure to sign up for our emails (click HERE) and be ready to order your birds for 2016.
We are MOVING! For real this time. We have made an offer that was accepted by the seller of a 20 acre farm in Jacksonville, Alabama! This has been our dream and now it’s being realized. We are weary of the crime, politics and traffic that have come with living and farming in Cobb County. Not to mention we’re getting three times as much land for a fifth of the price, a nicer barn, and a much nicer house.
So the obvious question. How are we going to continue to provide our grass fed, gmo free, drug free, humanely raised milk and meat to our loyal customers? We already have one farm member who is willing to be a pickup site near Marietta, and we would like to find a couple more who would be willing to do the same around Dallas/Hiram, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Powder Springs/Austell. Anyone who would like to be a pickup site would need to have a spare refrigerator in a garage/carport/basement that other farm members could gain access to. This would mean that folks would be coming by your house to get their milk, eggs (yes, one day we will be making eggs) and possibly meat or veggies. But hey, all of our farm members are awesome folks! Plus you would get a lifetime membership as long as you are working with us. I would be bringing products for members 2-3 times a week as I will continue to work at the Cobb County Fire Dept.
Next. What about the farm on Barrett Parkway? We would really love to find someone who could take over our lease. Our landlord has agreed that if anyone assumed the lease, he would renew and there would be an option to buy. This would be a great opportunity for someone to get into growing food or to expand upon their existing gardening. Our friend Jeff has been manning the vegetable operation and has said that he would gladly work with anyone else. We’ve planted numerous fruit trees and have built up and improved the soil with lots of good organic material. This location is really ideal for a fruit and vegetable farm with close access to farmer’s markets in Marietta, Smyrna, Kennesaw, at KSU, Acworth, and Atlanta. If someone would take over here, we would love to be able to work with them. The other option is for us to find a buyer, and that may well be a developer or just someone buying an investment property. Land on Barrett Pkwy is selling in the ballpark of $100,000/acre and as it becomes more scarce, it will continue to go up.
Finally, we need to unload some livestock to reduce the number of animal we need to move. We have added a couple of new cows to keep up our milk supply, but we have a couple who are dry and we will be selling. For details on the cows, see our page Animals For Sale. Then there’s the pigs. Much to Katie’s delight, we are moving up our processing date for the pigs and will be selling a number of live pigs for others to grow out or to keep as breeders. Pork will be ready for pick up the third or fourth week of October. Whole pigs are $3.00/lb and halves are $3.50/lb plus processing fee (approximately $80-90). $100 deposit to reserve per pig and you can place your order on our Pastured Pork page.
The new farm is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from our current location. Once we get moved and settled in, we would love to have you come visit us and see the bit of paradise we will call home.
Hunger and poor nutrition is more widespread than most of us realize. As a firefighter/EMT, I see people every day whose poor health is directly related to their diet and many of them are caught in the trap of having limited money and resources to feed themselves and their family appropriately. People who live in poverty will sadly choose the cheapest source of calories rather than fresh fruit and vegetables. This doesn’t just affect the impoverished, many a working middle class family finds themselves strapped for funds when an emergency strikes and their food choices become limited. Our goal is to start a garden ministry with the help of churches, food banks, and volunteers and give healthy food to those who need it.
Below is a survey to allow us to gauge the level of support we can expect and will give us data to provide those with unused land whom we will approach about hosting such a garden. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and let us know how you can help. No amount of support is too small!
Once this project is underway, this page will be updated to show the progress we are making.
Click this link for Survey.
There are a variety of reasons to get your meat from a small family farm such as ours. Here’s a list of of our standards and values.
No subsidies, grants, or other tax payer funded “freebies” for us. Corporate welfare is rampant in agriculture which creates an illusion of low prices. Typically, the larger the “farm” (think Tyson, Pilgrim, Smithfield) they greater their tax breaks and handouts. Sadly many small farms get suckered into participating in government funded conservation programs in order to get their own slice of the pie. While conservation efforts are commendable, and we strive to have as positive an impact on the environment as possible, I don’t believe that we should be seeking to take hard earned money from fellow tax payers to do so and further contributes to a national debt that continues to spiral like a never ending whirlpool.
Speaking of conservation and the environment, we seek to be the best stewards of our natural resources that we can be. Just because we have opposable thumbs and the gift of being at the top of the food chain, does not mean that we can rape and destroy the ecology for our gain. We do not apply chemical fertilizers to our soil, we do not spray any insecticides, and we do not use any herbicides on our farm. A farm should also serve as a sanctuary to all manner of insects, birds, and other wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, we do use measures to control vermin such as rats and mice or else we would be overrun but poison has no place here.
We believe in raising food as naturally as possible for the utmost in nutrient density. When we work within the design of nature, high yields of nutritionally superior food is possible. We fertilize only with compost and and animal manures. We allow our animals to demonstrate their inherent behaviors and instincts. Cows are ruminants and should only feed on forages such as grasses and legumes. Chickens are omnivores and should be allowed to hunt the pasture for bugs. Pigs are also omnivores and should not be housed in barns on concrete but should be outdoors with access to woods and pasture. Biodiversity is of the utmost importance to a healthy ecology and it’s elimination by the modern food system is causing untold damage.
We’re local and support local. We do business with other local businesses so when you support us, your dollars stay within your community rather than supporting the bottom line of a foreign corporation or to fund the dividends of Wall Street investors. We also do business with other small farms and even work with them at times.
We believe in animal welfare. It is our duty to care for them and treat them with respect and dignity. Just because they are destined to be our food, does not mean they should be denied compassion and humane treatment. When price and convenience are your sole standards for your meats, you are supporting a system that subjects animals to cruel, indecent conditions.
It is up to you the type of world future generations will inherit.
Ever wonder where the term “Cole Slaw” comes from? Turns out it is made from one of the “Cole” crops which are plants from the mustard family. Those include: mustard, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, collards, kale, turnips, cauliflower and watercress.
These are all cool season crops that can be planted in fall and harvested in early spring or planted in early spring and harvested in early summer. Some are more sensitive to heat or cold than others. Lets take a look at each.
Read the rest here.
So I’m breaking away a little from my usual blogging topic of discussing the goings on here on our farm to talk a bit about self sufficiency for the typical suburbanite. That is, if the typical suburbanite is ready to become an atypical suburbanite.
More and more people who live in subdivisions are beginning to wake up to the fact that they are entirely too dependent on an industrial, multinational, unsustainable food system that churns out nutrient deficient, environmentally destructive, and inhumanely produced food, especially when it comes to meat. This is a system that is dependent on huge quantities of petroleum, tax payer subsidies, and international debt in order to operate. Just recently it’s come to light that Chinese corporations that answer to their government have increased their ownership of of American agriculture, most notably with the acquisition of Smithfield foods, the largest pork producer in the world. Financed by the Chinese national bank.
But I digress. So what is someone to do? How does one hedge against this current system that will likely one day fail, but not before food prices skyrocket out of control? Many folks seek out small local farms such as ours, to support and get their food from. But ultimately, you have to take some matters into your own hands and grow some of your own food. Naturally the first thing one may think of is planting a garden. Sadly, in America this is no longer normal and many communities actually have ordinances against tilling up a lawn to plant a garden. Most subdivisions were not designed with vegetable gardens in mind with shaded and sloping lots not to mention the minimal amount of soil available to plant in. But you should not allow these obstacles to keep you from your goal of self sufficiency.
So what can you do? First of all, if you don’t live in a neighborhood that deprives you of your right to garden your own land, I strongly recommend getting a copy of the book, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. This was my number one resource when I first started gardening. This method uses raised beds, does not require the uses of a tiller and is great for sloping ground. Rather than planting directly into your soil, which is likely very deficient, vegetables are planted into a soil mix of compost, peat moss, and vermiculite. The book spells it all out in a very simple and easy to understand verbiage.
Second, reevaluate your landscaping. Replace ornamental trees, though pretty to look at and cast some shade on your windows, with fruit trees. Check with your local gardening groups or extension agent for what varieties grow best in your area. Here in north Georgia, pears and apples do quite well and can be grown in many regions. You may want to seek out some classes on their care and pruning. Replace shrubbery with blue berry, Goose berry, Currant, and honeyberry shrubs to name a few. Blackberries and raspberries require little maintenance once established and can be trellised neatly along the sides of the house. You can blend herbs and low growing vegetables into the flower beds. It will take a year or so before trees bear fruit, but in the meantime you can look around your neighborhoods and you may find established trees loaded with fruit. Many folks will gladly allow you to harvest from them. I still do this very thing to supplement our gardens.
Third, there are innovative alternatives to traditional gardening if all you have is a deck or patio. Containers like pots, boxes, and even buckets can be used to grow all manner of garden veggies. A new product that I’ve just discovered is the Garden Tower. As the name suggests, it is a vertical growing method that allows for the production of a larger volume of food on a smaller footprint. Being aeroponic, it requires no soil at all and could possibly allow for year round production if brought indoors.
This is just the beginning to securing freedom from the traditional food model most of us grew up in. There are still many questions that remain such as; What about meat? How do I make compost? What do I do in the winter? Stay tuned and these topics will be addressed in future posts. Now it’s bedtime and I have cows to milk in the morning.
The next chicken day(s) is July 10 at 4:30 – 6:00 and July 11 from 9:00 – 10:00. Don’t forget your one gallon freezer bags and coolers with ice.
Thanks to our friend Jeffrey Anthony, the garden is producing well. At present, vegetables can be purchased at the Marietta Square Farmer’s Market on Sundays and occasionally on Saturdays. We will be relaunching Marietta Locally Grown so that you can place an order for veggies and other products for pick up at the farm on Saturdays.
This Friday we are conducting a Freedom on the Farm tour and picnic. Farm members receive a 50% discount on admission, normally $10 for adults, $5 for children 15 and under, under 3 are free. Families (parents and their children) are $30 if your family is larger than the average of 2 adults and 2 kids. The picnic lunch (bring your own blanket) will feature our own meat and vegetables. Please email us your RSVP and you can send in your payment via the link up in the first paragraph. This is a great opportunity to experience where your food comes from and get an idea of what it takes to get milk in a jar and chickens on ice. Please invite your friends and family to come learn about locally grown real food.
Thank you for choosing us for your real food.