March 2, 2019
We hope you watch and enjoy our video on how we move our laying hens on pasture.
In this video we show you how we move our laying hens on pasture and describe why this KEY management strategy is so important to hen health as well as the quality of their eggs - Hint: Because movement mimics nature by breaking the parasite cycle. You also can see how they forage the diverse plants we seed for them. The hens work very hard each day scratching for bugs. Field mice are fair game as well. Beth really enjoys her hens and takes very good care of them.
We do this (rotation) for all our animals - beef, pork, and chickens. Not only does it break the parasite cycle for herd health, but it is a key regenerative soil health tool as well.
February 23, 2019
How to Buy Real Pastured Poultry - Since the season for raising (buying) pastured broilers is here I wanted to share buying tips from the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association:
Do the birds live outside on pasture?
Expectation: You're looking for an answer that demonstrates the flock is raised outside on pasture for a significant portion of it's life. The farmer will have a movable pasture shelter that provides protection from weather and predators.
Beware: Pastured poultry is seasonal, so if you live in a cold weather climate, be wary of buying fresh poultry meat at market in the cold months. This could indicated non-local or non-pastured product.
Where were the birds raised?
Expectation: Pastured poultry excels
February 16, 2019
You may have noticed feed bins in the background of last weeks picture of the steers. Friday, we completed 1 of 2 major projects at the farm by installing bulk feed bins. We decided to collaborate with Resaca Sun Feeds to become a distribution feed hub for four of their feeds - Layer, Swine, Chick Starter, and Broiler Grower. All feeds are NON-GMO Project Verified! For most farms who want to raise and direct market pasture raised products soon find the number one barrier to entry is the cost of feed including transportation. Bulk deliveries helps solve this problem.
Additionally, Resaca Sun has a strong commitment to support small direct market farms. They are actively engaged in growing quality feedstock and
February 9, 2019
Farm Updates! - Our steers are really looking good! The above picture was taken Monday, January 28th when I moved them into the next pasture. Our grass is coming along OK as well. Our mama cows started calving right on schedule Feb. 1st. About 20% have calved to date.
Change Part II - Two weeks ago I started a series of thought regarding change and that to farm regenerative we had to change our source of information because over 95% of the mainstream articles & research does not apply. The same applies with customers. To improve your health requires you to change your source of information - like mercola.com and The Weston Price Foundation. Two local health care practitioners are Dr. Rebecca Boyd with Forward Health Solutions and Laurie Ryba with Enhanced Wellness of Oak Grove.
To operate a regenerative farm
February 2, 2019
Your "Magic Pill" Moment - last week I wrote that to convert my farm from a "factory farm" to "regenerative farm" I had to change my source of information and made the case that the same was true for consumers - that if you want to improve your health you must change your source of information.
Have you had your "Magic Pill" moment yet? The Magic Pill is a documentary on NetFlex (free) about the health benefits of eating Real Farm Food! The movie starts by interviewing people with various health issues. They help educate them on why eating Real Farm Food is so much better for you then eating processed food stuff. Refrigerators and cabinets are cleaned out of processed food and restocked with Real Farm Food. In some cases they provided training on how to cook Real Farm Food. Then, after a period of time they return and interview the families again to see how it was going. In every case the results were AMAZINGLY positive. Read this blog for more information.
Thursday, a woman from Laurel called
January 26, 2019
It's hard to believe, but April will mark 2-years since we started the egg business. Today I am travelling to Macon, GA to pickup our next order of egg cartons. Amazing.
CHANGE - most folks do not like change especially when the change is drastic! When we first decided to farm regenerative the first thing we had to do was CHANGE our source of information. Well over 95% of the information about farming does not apply to farming regenerative. Our primary resources for regenerative agriculture include Acres USA magazine, Graze, and The GrassFed Exchange. That's also why I came up with these 4-criteria to filter the information I use on the farm: 1) do they own the land 2) do they own the animals 3) do they put their own capital at risk 4) are they successful.
January 19, 2019
Guest Contributor! - Larry sent a reply to last weeks newsletter on Expectations and gave me permission to share with you this week.
Hello Ben and Beth!
I always appreciate your emails and updates, along with the 'editorial' aspects of the posts. In your January 12, 2019 post you mentioned
January 12, 2019
Farm Updates! - Last week I mentioned we had added a lot of new customers on our website. Well, for January delivery day we had a "record number" of orders placed and 25% were 1st time orders. Several of our regular folks contacted me that they had to much going on or wanted to wait until eggs were available to place their order or there would have been many more. We are very appreciative of the confidence placed in us to provide your family quality beef, pork, chicken, and eggs.
Sale Items! -
January 5, 2019
Farm Updates! - What will our winter weather forecast be? The Old Farmers Almanac predicted a colder than normal winter. The New Farmers Almanac was calling for a milder winter. And, the Climate Prediction Center predicted that a weak El Nino would develop the fall of 2018.
So, what is an El Nino? El Nino is an ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that is linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. During the winter, typical El Nino conditions in the U.S. can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North. ***I would say CPC nailed it***
Wetter conditions however is an understatement!
December 29, 2018
OLD FARMER WISDOM! - My first cousin sent me this and I thought it was well worth sharing as we approach 2019 and think about New Years Resolutions. I hope you enjoy as well...
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
* Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
December 15, 2018
Around the Farm Updates! - Can you believe we are at the end of 2018! Where has the time gone?
THANK YOU to many loyal customers (and many new customers) Nature's Gourmet Farm has had a record sales year. The number of folks reading our newsletter has increased as well as the number of customers signed up on our website.
We have a passion for regenerating
December 8, 2018
You Should Not Have to Wonder if Your Food is Safe! - Weekly I receive notices of product recalls from the USDA. Here is the latest report I received December 5th -
JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella
Dr. Mercola explains Why Contamination Affects Such Large Amounts of Meat - "The answer is quite simple. While many think of a pack of ground beef as