08 Mar Farm Share Benefits
For those who are joining us on our farming journey by investing in a farm share, this is what you can expect from the benefits of your share:
Free Range Eggs
Free range, farm fresh, collected daily. Our hens are fed USDA Organic, non-GMO feed that is corn free and soy free. They also get free choice of Oyster shells for calcium. Our laying hens are truly free range chickens (vs. the commercial term of “free range” where they’re kept in an outdoor pen in constricted conditions with minimal per-chicken space). Our hens roam our property freely. They can scratch and eat and forage to their hearts’ content.
Grass Fed A2/A2 Raw Milk
Our Farm share families have thoroughly enjoyed the grassfed milk from our A2/A2 Jersey cows. We do not feed grain to our cows as research shows that milk from grass-fed cows is more nutritious. (Study by University of Minnesota Extension) Our cows do not receive hormones, are not artificially inseminated, and we use a natural dewormer.
We have not had to administer antibiotics, and don’t plan to unless it’s a life or death situation. In those cases, we plan to follow all the necessary milk disposal requirements, as well as inform the farm share families.
You will receive the milk unpasteurized and unskimmed. Jerseys are known to provide a high-butterfat milk, great for separating cream to make delicious dairy products.
Pasture Raised Chicken
Our meat chickens are raised on USDA Organic, non-GMO feed, that is corn free and soy free. They are rotated on pasture where they can forage and also benefit the soils. They are not vaccinated and will not be administered hormones or antibiotics.
Forest Raised Pork
In the summer months, our heritage hogs are rotated through our pine forests where they are foraging, aerating and fertilizing the soil. They are regularly fed Alfalfa Hay, as well as a USDA Organic, non-GMO feed, that is corn free and soy free. They are also fed donated produce from a large, well-known wholesale warehouse – which helps to eliminate food waste while providing beneficial nutrition to the hogs. Most of the produce is organic, and all of it is high quality.
Once a month, we will hold an “Open Farm” day for our farm share families to come and spend time on the farm. It will be a leisurely day where you can stroll our 35 acres, check in on the animals, help with farm chores, collect eggs, pick produce or flowers, and refreshments. Farm families can certainly also request other farm visits by appointment.
We are excited to announce that we will be working with a mobile processing company to dispatch and butcher our animals. Why is this important to us? Studies have shown that animals in stress when being transported to a butcher, and faced with a strange new space, release stress hormones adrenaline, cortisol and other steroids. This affects us when we consume the meat of animals who were stressed out when harvested. These stress hormones can cause reproductive issues and other bodily issues as we consume it. (Check out this article by The Atlantic). By using a professional mobile processor, we ensure the least amount of stress for our animals up to the point of their last breath.
If you are local to Colorado Springs and interested in becoming a Farm Share Family, please visit our Farm Share Page and fill out the Interest Form at the bottom. Or you can send us a message at email@example.com.
For now, we are no longer offering —
Grass Fed Lamb
We do not feed grain to our lambs as grass-fed lamb meat has been shown to have higher levels of Omega-3s and Vitamins. (For more info, read this report by Compassion in World Farming) Similar to our cows, we do not administer hormones or vaccines, we use a natural dewormer our flock. We only administer antibiotics when it is absolutely necessary, and will inform our farm share families in those situations.
Organic and Gluten Friendly Sourdough Breads
Our whole loaves are approximate 2 lbs. For those without gluten sensitivities, we make loaves with Organic Wheat Flour. For those with gluten sensitivities, we have a Gluten Friendly option made with white rice flour, brown rice flour, oat flour and sorghum flour.