Q) I love what you’re doing. Why don’t more farmers grow food like this?
A) Because its harder, its slower, it requires more patience, more intuition, willingly making a choice to work with nature rather than against it
Q) You state that cows weren’t designed to eat grain, and livestock performs the best (happiest, healthiest) on fresh forage. But haven’t cows always eaten grain? After all, portable electric fence has only been on the market for less than 50 years or so. Isn’t this “management intensive grazing” thing just the latest fad that will soon fade away?
A) 5000 years ago, grazing cows in herds were watched over, kept safe, and moved to fresh pasture daily by shepherds. 150 years ago in the American West, grazing cows were watched over, kept safe, and moved to fresh pasture by cowboys on horses. Only in the past 50 or so years did food conglomerates create the evils of the Concentrated Animal Feed Operation (CAFO). The sole purpose of this was to increase profits at the expense of the animals health as well as the consumer. So what has the longer and more proven history – mob grazed cows on daily fresh forage — or feedlot cows stuffed full of cheap GMO grain laced with multiple “…icides”, and medication?
Q) Your prices seem really inexpensive. How do you do that?
A) The farm has been in the family since 1854, so there is no mortgage costs. A lower overhead means that we can farm and grow food as dictated by our conscience rather than by financial pressures.
-We use horses for pulling, livestock for clean up, we grow our own hay, eventually we’ll buy no grain because we’ll grow it all ourselves, the equipment we have purchased is old and drag-type/horse drawn, which isn’t prohibitively expensive, our animals are happy and healthy so we buy no medicine – so we have very little input cost.
-The electric fence is solar powered, the shop is solar heated, we harvest rain water for watering and use a spring fed pond as a backup water source, we used reclaimed wood for all of the new run-in sheds, feed bins, mobile rigs – so we had very low start up cost and have low operating costs.
Q) Your prices seem pretty expensive. Why is that?
A) -You know whats expensive? Disease is expensive. Diabetes. Heart Obesity. Cancer. High Blood pressure. Prescription medication. Arthritis. Lack of mobility and ability. Increased risk of injury. Diminished quality of life. That’s expensive.
– In addition, when we started the cleanup of the farm, we didn’t spend on expensive equipment like bulldozers, or modern pole barns. We invested time. Time is the most valuable resource any of us have. We went through the old barn debris by hand, pulling out the useful pieces or lengths of wood to reuse later, and long buried old siding for the sheds, coops, etc… We used reclaimed utility poles for the new barns.
Q) Why on earth would you use horses for pulling instead of a tractor when mechanical equipment is so much faster? Why would you feed only grass, hay, and forage when grain gets everything fatter faster? Why would you do everything the hard way?
A) -Because horses don’t require oil and gas to operate. Because even a brand new tractor will leak some kind of contaminant at some point. Because the livestock were designed to eat only grass, hay, and forage. They weren’t designed to eat grain. And when you eat grain, or grain fed meat – you get fatter faster too.
– Because the right thing to do isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Time to grow up and put on your big boy pants…
Q) Why don’t you ship your food? You ship your candles and soap, so why not make it easier for your customers and just put all of the products they want to order in shipment?
A) –Because our food is real and whole , it will go bad. In fact, a good rule of thumb is ‘ if a food will go bad, its likely good for you. If a food won’t go bad, its not good for you”. We should all seek food closer to home, in our foodshed, our own bioregion. This means enjoying seasonality and reacquainting ourselves with our home kitchens.
Q) You really can’t be serious when you say that eating your food, and only your food or similar food, will make you healthier.
A) -Serious as a heart attack. See the Nutrition page for more info, but in a nutshell, we only grow what people were designed to eat: meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds. We grow real, whole, nutrient-dense food that is healing rather than harming. With rare exception, people who eat only meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds (and any combination thereof) are stronger, fitter, more capable, leaner, have less disease, and by any matrix – are healthier.
Q) I’m not buying it. Countless peer-reviewed studies, billions if not trillions of dollars have been spent on research that shows red meat is dangerous, fat and butter are bad, cholesterol in your food directly influences the cholesterol in your blood, that whole grain is good for you, that margerine is a safer and healthier option than butter, ad nauseum…
A) You don’t have to buy what we’re saying, growing, or selling. But every single time you go to the grocery store and pick up that frozen entre full of industrial food and chemical poison, you’re falling for the “healthy” marketing on the package and buying what they’re selling. Every single time you go to your doctor and he/she prescribes this drug or that drug without telling you that simply real food and exercising in a funcitonal way can heal you, you’re buying what they’re selling you.
Q) You seem really angry at the big ag/big pharma/big med triad.
A) -No, we’re really really passionate about the truth. We’re passionate about true health, true (functional) fitness, about living the best life. We’re passionate about turning the tide against the “low fat/whole grain” nonsense that we’ve been sold for 60 years while society in general became fatter and sicker.