August 26, 2018
Farm Update –
Hard to believe that July has come and gone! Deliveries this week went very good. Many new customers as well as familiar faces! We appreciate you choosing Nature's Gourmet Farm for your beef, pork, chicken, and eggs.
Four Principles: when we first started the farm in 2009 much of the information I found was mostly conventional. After a few seasons it was evident that model was not sustainable nor was it enjoyable! So, I started looking for alternatives and found The Stockman Grass Farmer and read about folks like Joel Salatin, Jim Gerrish, and Greg Judy. I read their books and then July 2011 Beth & I visited PolyFace Farms in VA. Boy were our eyes opened up. There were about 2,000 people there that day and Joel did a great job explaining all the what and whys.
The next year I was introduced to The GrassFed Exchange where I have meet so many excellent mentors in Regenerative Agriculture. Folks who have turned their farms around beginning with the soil. What a difference it makes. I say all this to introduce my Four Principles:
1) Do they own the land
2) Do they own the animals
3) Do they invest their own capital into their farm
4) Are they successful
Key learning was 95% of the conventional information is written by folks that cannot answer yes to most if not all of these statements. Conventional information is written to fuel Big Ag! Which is not healthy for the land, the animals, and people that consume processed food. Nor, is it sustainable. It is an addiction to the chemical and pharma of big business.
Many are realizing this and have sought out local farms to source Real Farm Food for their families.
August 6th I will speak to the Petal Rotary Club
August 20th a documentary film crew will be at our farm
August 21st I will testify before the MS Senate AG Committee in Jackson.
"This family owned operation is top notch! They raise grass fed pasture raised beef, chicken, and pork. You can tell the difference in quality grass fed pasture raised meat. It’s so much better for you and the way the good Lord intended us to eat. The fact that they are right here in my home state makes it even better. I will continue to purchase all my meat and eggs from Ben and his family." ~Jake
Quote Worth Re-Quoting – “Agriculture changes the landscape more than anything else we do. It alters the composition of species. We don't realize it when we sit down to eat, but that is our most profound engagement with the rest of nature." Michael Pollen
As always, thank you for supporting our regenerative, local farm.
Ben & Beth