Prior to 2007, we’d never touched a cow, chicken or pig (at least not on purpose!). We seemed like any other family living in a subdivision on ⅓ of and acre, giving little thought to our Standard American Diet.
Our last baby was born and we became aware of the rise of childhood diseases and the drastic increase in obesity.
We were shocked to learn that our children’s generation have a shorter life expectancy than our own! Perhaps we should have just joined a CSA or bought food from a local farmers market. That would have solved our need to source nutrient dense food, but we wanted more.
But, we wanted to be a change agent, for the land, for the animals, for future generations and for others who, like us, were tired of not knowing where their food came from.
Because cows are perfectly designed to convert pasture forages such as grass and legumes into food, we feed them zero grain, not even at milking time. This means that we give our cows a lot of hands-on attention, unlike larger farms.
Organic and soy free feed
With all the concerns about the high levels of hormones in our food, we choose not to use soy in our pigs’ and chickens’ feed and because the “Non-GMO” feeds are manufactured with grains likely to be sprayed with RoundUp as well as industrial by-products, we give them New Country Organic feed. Check out the picture below for a side by side comparison of GMO feed, Non-GMO feed, and certified Organic feed.
So we dove in, head first, and started on our farming journey!
First we started by leasing a 7 acre parcel of land outside of Marietta, GA and then, after a few years, we bought our farm just west of Piedmont, AL. We know it was the right decision for us and soon we will be launching our Farm Camp for the many others who want to live this way of life but want some experience first!
We also know that it’s not something that most of you can do yourselves, so we’re thrilled to be here as your farmer, while you’re there as our doctor, lawyer, teacher or whatever profession you’re drawn to.
Please take a moment to check out our site to see what we’re all about.
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East West farm got it’s name from Psalm 103:11-12 “…as far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” You honestly can’t get any farther apart as the East is from the West, and those who choose to love God know that is how far their sins are removed by Him. As far as the East is from the West is also how far removed from the industrial food system we desire to be.