Protocols

100% Grass-Fed

Have you ever wondered why there is such a stigma against eating beef these days? We think it’s related to the modern processing of cows. Today, most cows are crammed into feedlots, where they are fattened with grains and injected with hormones. Grain-fed beef is high in saturated fat and omega-6s, which cause many modern illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's and cancer. However, a cow’s natural habitat is open pastures, where they can graze on fresh grass for all the nutrients they need. Not only is grass-fed beef healthy for you, but it also tastes delicious! Grass-fed beef usually has less than 10% of its fat as saturated. If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding mom, the extra omega-3 from the grass-fed beef will provide incredible nutritional benefits for your child. Try grass-fed beef from your local farm today. Read more at: http://products.mercola.com/organic-beef/.

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Beyond Organic

Certified “organic” items from the grocery store can be misleading. Our beyond-organic products go much further than the USDA organic standards, focusing not only on natural produce and animals but also on holistic land management practices. While they don’t have the label of being certified by a third-party organization, our products are completely chemical-free. We don’t use fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or any other artificial ingredients in any of our processes. Everything on the farm (soil, animals, plants, etc.) has an integral function which works in harmony to create a resilient living organism.

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Forest-Fed

Forest Fed Pigs are rotated through a 60 acre wooded lot and through the rotation they get about 50% of their feed off the land. The pig never touches the same piece of land once it is moved for it's entire time on the farm to refrain from uncleanliness and overgrazing. The land is rested for 6 months after being used to allow regeneration and regrowth.
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Free Range on Pasture

"Free range" refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and meat for consumers, and more healthy, humane conditions for the birds.
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Heirloom

An heirloom seed is a seed from a plant that has been passed from one generation to another, carefully grown and saved because it is considered valuable. The value could lie in its flavor, productivity, hardiness or adaptability. Many heirlooms have been grown, saved and passed down for more than 100 years. Some have history reaching back 300 years or more. To have been saved and preserved for so long, these seed varieties have shown their value to many people and families for an extremely long time. Most heirlooms have been saved and selected because they have the best flavor and production in home and small market gardens. Learn more at www.rareseeds.com.

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Non-GMO Verified Feed

The verification seal indicates that the product bearing the seal has gone through our verification process. Our verification is an assurance that a product has been produced according to consensus-based best practices for GMO avoidance: We require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients—any ingredient being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product. We use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This is in alignment with laws in the European Union (where any product containing more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). Absence of all GMOs is the target for all Non-GMO Project Standard compliant products. Continuous improvement practices toward achieving this goal must be part of the Participant’s quality management systems. After the test, we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product. For low-risk ingredients, we conduct a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to determine absence of GMO risk. Verification is maintained through an annual audit, along with onsite inspections for high-risk products. Read more at http://www.nongmoproject.org/. Any items with this protocol on our site have been derived from animals fed Non-GMO verified feed. 

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Raw

Raw food is food that has not been cooked or processed and can include things such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat and dairy products. Also, when referring to milk raw it means the milk has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Milk from 100-percent grass-fed animals is much healthier than ordinary milk. It has a higher concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, fewer “bad” fats, and more “healthy” fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Learn more at www.realmilk.com.

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Pastured

Pastured chickens are raised in hoop houses that are moved 1-3 times a day every day across green pasture. This allows the chicken to have access to fresh green grass and bugs as a main source of their diet.

Our cows are raised on pasture and are rotated on a daily basis to ensure proper distribution of the manure and ample grass for them to feed on.

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Soy-Free Feed

Soy-Free designates that the animal feed used is free of soy. Many people have developed food allergies directly related to soy. Therefore, products with this designation come from animals that receive a feed ration that does not have soy in the mix to assist with those that have soy allergies and those that are concerned with the negative impacts that have been associated with consuming soy. Any items with this protocol on our site have been derived from animals fed feed free of soy. 

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Certified Organic Feed

Any food that has a label specifically stating that it was "Certified Organic by...." a third party organization such as USDA is considered certified organic and meets the standards set by that organization. Organic foods are foods produced by organic farming. While the standards differ worldwide, organic farming in general features cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed, although certain organically approved pesticides may be used under limited conditions. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives. Any items with this protocol on our site have been derived from animals fed certified organic feed. 

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Wild

Items in this category are foraged in the wild from our farm or like-minded local farms that do not use spray or fertilizers.
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Grain-Free Feed

The animals will have no grain of any kind in their diet. Instead they will have grass, hay and will forage through our pasture/woods. They will consume excess from the gardens and dairy.
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