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May 26, 2022

Thursday & Friday our red meat processing team came together and cut & packed six beef! I could not believe how well marbled they were and how fresh the meat looked and smelled. And, there are FOUR families that will be picking up their half by Monday for their family to enjoy.

Since early March our pastures have excelled. I'll share a few pictures plus a short video and narrative when I moved the yearlings last Sunday afternoon to fresh grass.

So, when you regularly move the cows they get use to being moved when your out in the pasture. And, since the pasture they were leaving was also where the broiler chickens are means we were out in the pasture several times per day. Yes, they were ready to be moved and let me know about it.

And since they had accomplished our objective I loaded the necessary step-in post and a real of electric fence polywire and headed out to the next pasture.

This picture is the pasture they were leaving (notice the chicken tractors in the background). Our objective is to graze about 50% and leave 50% - this ensures plenty of leaf available to collect solar rays for regrowth.

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This is a picture of the pasture they are moving to. Notice the white polywire on the right side of the picture that we use to divide the pasture and only give them a few days at a time. This keeps them from roaming and destroying the forages

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Anticipation - but patiently waiting. Please click this picture to see a short video of the cows moving into the new pasture.

Did you notice how deep the grasses and legumes were to the cows? This is how we raise Grass-Fed AND more importantly Grass-FINISHED beef so our customers can enjoy not only great tasting beef, but receive the nutritional benefits Dr. Stephan Van Vliet's research found (see my April 9th newsletter for details).

Friday was Earth Day. It's a day when many so-called environmentally friendly companies tote their companies environmental commitment aimed at generating sales for their own brands. For example, we have all seen the tractor trailer rigs going down the road with the words "All Natural Chicken".

Well, my understanding of all natural is not a chicken raised inside a closed in building without natural sunlight & fresh air or grass & bugs to eat while surrounded by some 50,000 other chickens that will weigh 10 lbs. or so in eight weeks.

That sounds more like greenwashing.
(If you've never heard the term greenwashing
before, it is the process of conveying a false impression or providing misleading information about how a company's products are more environmentally sound).

Greenwashing abounds in our markets. Other examples include:

Beef that claims to be Grass-Fed, but is then actually finished on grain
Eggs that claim to be free range which means not caged and only partial access to outside
When was the last time you approached a conventional farmer and asked for a tour?

At Nature's Gourmet Farm we are 100% transparent. We have nothing to hide and welcome any customer that wants to visit our farm and ask questions about our operations.

So, How is the BEST way to celebrate Earth Day? Simply buy from your local regenerative farmer who is truly regenerating the soils that provide nutrition for plants that provide nutrition for animals that provides nutrition for families.

If you have been looking for premium ALL NATURAL GOODNESS of beef, pork, chicken, and eggs raised on pasture as God intended - without growth hormones, drugs, chemicals, and antibiotics - and raised humanely then you have come to the right farm. Our delivery schedule and product availability is 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!

Ben Simmons

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