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A bit about our growing practices

Our animals live outside the vast majority of the time.  There are a few exceptions.  New chicks that are very young and need heat lamps live in the brooder room in the barn for a few weeks first.  And when we separate young ewes so they don't get bred along with the mature ones they hang out in the barn and eat fresh hay through much of the Winter.  Also, on the rare occasion that an animal is sick, sometimes the best place for care is in the barn, but not always.

Our ruminants, cows and sheep, enjoy a 100% grass diet.  They roam our pastures for most of the year and when it gets cold they eat lovely hay bales that we harvest and make ourselves.  Chickens and pigs also eat grass and bugs and dirt in our pastures and we supplement their diets with certified organic grains from Lakeview Organic Grains.  We rotate our livestock a lot out on our pastures.  This means that they move to new paddocks often so that they don't hurt the grass with lots of stomping around and so the grass can grow back quickly for another grazing session or for making hay.  Some people call this management intensive grazing.  But lots of considerations go into how often and where you can move animals - water access, herd size, vehicle access, shade and on and on.  We work hard to ensure that we can keep raising animals for years and years with no fertilizers or pesticides or seed to revitalize our pastures.  We let the animals do that by grazing, pooping and moving.