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"put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is"

written by

Ben Simmons

posted on

January 26, 2024

Good Morning from your farmer,

"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" is a phrase used to show by your actions and not just your words that you support or believe in something.

If you watched my video last week you noticed I believe that what we need are thousands more small farms that sell direct to consumers vs. all these mega corporate industrial "farms". Additionally, I believe our position should be to help others by duplicating our success with those who are interested in farming.

That is the best solution for Food Security for the ever-growing population of customers seeking healthier food for their families.

If you missed the video - here is the link on our YouTube channel.

All that to say last summer Dr. Allen Williams asked if we would be interested in hosting a Soil Health Academy on our farm in 2024. Well, obviously, YES!!!

Here is an announcement from the Soil Health Academy's website. To learn more click HERE.

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The emphaisis will be on multi-species production, our USDA processing plants and marketing. Additionally, I am excited that Allen was able to bring Cory Miller of Grass Valley Farms in MT down to present two sessions on compost. Compost is a farmer tool that I believe will be a game changer long term for those who can effectively implement on their operation.

Why Cory Miller and not Dr. Johnson? Well, Dr. Johnson is great at research and actually developed the Johnson Su Bioreactor. However, Cory has taken what he has learned from Dr. Johnson, Dr. Elaine Ingham, and many others as well as his own experiences and successfully implemented the value of compost on his 2,000+ acre ranch. This would include application principles, environmental considerations, etc. Cory best fits the FOUR Principles to sort out folks I feel who are qualified to learn from:

  1. 1. Do they own the land?
  2. 2. Do they own the animals?
  3. 3. Do they invest their own money towards their operation?
  4. 4. Are they successful?

Many folks will baulk at the price of tuition - and continue struggling to make their farm profitable enough to quit their town job so they can farm full time, while others will embrace this opportunity to learn and take their farm or ranch to the next level. I know much of our success is attributed to learning from others through the Grassfed Exchange, American Pastured Poultry Producers Assn., successful farms visited, and The Profit Platform course from Seven Sons. You cannot starve a profit out of your farm!

NOTE: Beth & I are opening our farm so others can learn and catch the vision. We do not receive any money for doing so.

To learn more click HERE.

At Nature's Gourmet Farm, our intent is to create a community that evolves around one of the most intrinsically important things of the ages, and that’s the provision of sustenance. That's our passion - to raise healthy food to nourish families and strengthen immune systems.

If you are new to our farm then maybe you have been looking for premium ALL NATURAL GOODNESS of beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - with emphasis on Regenerative Principles and NOT conventionally raised animals (with growth hormones, drugs, chemicals, and antibiotics) - and where animals are treated humanely - then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability are listed below along with order buttons that will take you to our website where you can browse over 90 product choices and place your order from the convenience of your home. It's that simple!

** Product Availability Update **

NOTE: Restocks are made about 6 PM on the dates indicated below!

Chicken - Next restock will be January 24, 2024. Yes, we will be raising chickens throughout the winter months. NOTE we pushed out the Jan 10th restock as the chickens are growing slower with the weather changes. Also, with the severe cold this week our batch of chicks could not be shipped and are delayed two weeks. That will affect availability 8 weeks from now (it will be 2 weeks before the hatchery can replace them)

Turkey - Whole turkeys are sold out. Restocked Ground, legs, thighs, and wings Jan 10th

Eggs - Restock each Wednesday. Received 950 new pullet hens Thursday, Nov 9th. Starting to get a few small to medium eggs

Beef - Fully Stocked. Next restock will be February 23, 2024

Pork -Fully Stocked - except for bacon. Expect to restock again by late February

Lamb - Restocked September 13th. Scheduled to process lamb in November, but this has been delayed. Probably Mar 2024

More from the blog

Are Foreign Imports "Local"?

It may surprise you that I do receive AND read several weekly newsletters from other farms that I know and trust. Last week, Paul Brown who owns Nourished By Nature in Bismark, ND (son of Gabe Brown) wrote a really good article on import beef and he agreed to let me share with my customers. So, here goes! If you recall, the last newsletter we sent out referred to the statistic that today, only 2% of the population in the US produces food for the entire country (plus imports) as compared to 17% in 1940. This is unprecedented and it makes me wonder, what happened over the last 80 years? And where will we be in another 80? No wait, how about 10 years??? Will all US food production be outsourced?

Product Updates & More

First, a quick followup from last week's email where I shared my letter to Sec. Watson. This generated a lot of interest and response from our customers - ALL very positive and thankful for us taking the stand we do. Several customers also shared that they were personal friends with Sec. Watson and would contact him regarding our farm. So far, I have not heard from him. Cindy shared the following: Thank you for speaking out about issues that many of us are very upset about and feel like we have no voice. Hopefully, Secretary Watson will actually do something. In my opinion, Farm Bureau is against most Mississippians. They were against the illegal land sales to the Chinese and other foreign countries who want to harm us. I was at the meeting at the Capitol a few months ago and saw it firsthand. They are against any legislation to protect pets, such as dogs and cats, from animal abusers, in addition to the chicken and dairy issues you mentioned above. I am no fan at all of Farm Bureau. They are a detriment to our state. But they have a powerful lobby and lots of friends in influential places . And lots of farmers, big farmers, are fans. I have always been a fan of ag commissioner Gipson and I expect he will run for governor one day. I’m not sure if it’s a political play, but it seems that he is quiet on most of these issues. One exception is the Land deals, because he did chair those groups and hold the hearings.

Letter To Sec. Watson MS Secretary of State

This week I received an email from Sec. Watson regarding his offices' plan and successes in eliminating administrative and MS Code bottlenecks that hold back business growth. He also asked for input on areas that affect our business. Have you ever heard the saying, "Be Careful What You Ask For?" Well, here is my response to Sec. Watson. I'm still waiting to hear back from him - which I truly hope will happen. Sec. Watson, first let me thank you for aggressively tackling these tough issues. Too many politicians today are mere pawns of