Over 25 years ago we started raising 50 chickens at our 5 acre home. We knew we wanted to have more farm animals so when the 125 acre farm across the road from Jerry’s parent’s farm became available, we moved to it. We started raising Angus beef cattle, 100 chickens, hay and corn. Over the years our “Hobby Farm” expanded and our view points on how to farm changed. We made the decision to start farming organically, which was a three year process, before the crops raised on the land could be certified “organic”. An organic inspection by MOSA, our organic certifier, is still required at least one time per year. We have been certified organic since 1997.
Of course, could not do this all ourselves! We have 2 full time and three part time dedicated employees. In the summer we have one to two interns that stay on the farm.
Jerry continues to review, try out, and implement different and/or new sustainable farming practices for use on the crops, hay, and for the animals. He has learned that some practices work great most of the time and others work only under certain conditions.
A Grass Based diet our animals is one of the sustainable methods that has become one of our passions. The more we read about it, the more convinced we have become that meat from animals that are allowed to graze on forages and grasses is healthier. A grass based diet for animals is far better for our environment, for the animals and for human consumption. A good source for information on this type of farming and the benefits of eating meat, milk, and eggs from animals on pasture can be found at eatwild.com.