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Chickens on Pasture Make the Best Eggs Ever!!
Raising chickens on pasture and moving to fresh pasture are the secret to producing the best eggs you’ll find. Here are a few clips of our chickens, egg mobile, and pastures.
Our Journey of Regenerative Livestock Farming: Triumphs and Trials
Seven years back, Lexi and I bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of Richmond and settled into the serene landscape of Scottsville, VA, with dreams of starting our very own farm. Vegetables were off the table almost immediately — after all, we’re the kind of people who struggle to keep a houseplant alive. But animals? That was right up our alley.
Our foray into regenerative farming wasn’t merely about raising animals. We yearned for healthier food choices for our family. This desire snowballed into a passion for humane livestock treatment, mitigating climate change impacts, rejuvenating soil health, and living a life more harmoniously aligned with nature. But, like any meaningful journey, ours was dotted with both setbacks and successes.
Challenges We Faced:
1. The Initial Transition: Switching gears from living in the suburbs to regenerative farming wasn’t easy, especially with zero farming background. However, mistakes were our best teachers, guiding us through the learning curve.
2. The Financial Hurdle: Any budding venture demands investment. Our previous home sale gave us a head-start, but in the world of farming, there’s always another equipment or solution demanding attention (and money). Adapting to roles like mechanics, accountants, salespeople, and marketers became essential, allowing us to economize where possible. Moreover, the nuances of regenerative farming, such as labor-intensive fence-clearing, opting for NON-GMO feeds, and longer cattle grow-out times, added to our financial challenges.
3. Market Navigation: Educating consumers about the superior quality and ethical benefits (despite sometimes higher prices) of regenerative products is a marathon, not a sprint. We’ve consistently worked on fostering trust and highlighting the emphasis we place on quality over quantity.
Triumphs We Celebrated:
1. Cultivating Robust Soil: It might sound mundane, but healthy soil is the lifeblood of regenerative farming. As years passed, our pastures have grown into nutrient-rich grounds, promising healthier forage for our livestock and sustainable farming prospects for our children and future generations.
2. Carbon Sequestration: Through diligent practices, we’re helping the environment by capturing carbon dioxide and embedding it in our soil. This proactive approach benefits both the planet and our animals. A bit of extra effort in livestock rotation reaps tremendous rewards in the bigger picture.
3. Crafting a Resilient Ecosystem: Diversifying our methods has strengthened our farm, making it robust against challenges many conventional farms grapple with. Our animals are thriving and our fields are more resistant to diseases and pests.
4. Community Bonding: Our commitment to regenerative farming has helped us forge deep-rooted connections within our community. Engaging with our patrons, sharing our journey on platforms like YouTube and hosting farm tours has not only educated but also emphasized the essence of locally-produced, wholesome food.
In retrospect, our regenerative farming adventure has been a winding road of continual learning, on-the-spot adaptations, and a fair share of goof-ups. But the tangible and intangible rewards that have come our way are unparalleled. We aren’t just farmers; we’re ecosystem nurturers, high-quality food producers, and staunch advocates for regenerative practices. Every time you choose our products, remember, you’re endorsing a healthier planet and happier animals. Thanks for your support and being part of the change!
Last Day for Discounted Eggs!
So, as fate would have it, we missed a couple farmers markets over the last 2 weeks, due to weather and other unforeseen events. Because of this, we were way overstocked in eggs and needed to move them.
We’ve moved a bunch, and thank you for helping us get caught up. Until tomorrow, EGGS ARE ON SALE! Instead of the normal $6 / dozen, we’re discounting them 25% and all eggs are $4.50 / dozen while they last. All eggs are less than 2 weeks old, so still very fresh and ready for a new home (according to The Farmers Almanac, store bought eggs can be up to 2 months old!).
Enjoy some hand gathered eggs from pastured raised chickens at a big discount. Thanks for following us and for your business and support!
Want to pick some Longbottom Farm beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and coffee as well as other locally produced goodies. These are the places to do it.
Charlottesville City Market – (April – December) Every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. A great way to stock up on some local food and treats while enjoying some fresh air. Thanks to all those that have come out to support local farms and artisans in our area. Hope to see you there!
Farm Pick-up – Order online and pick up your order at our newly constructed barn. Place your order online, then once you receive the “Your Order is Ready for Pick-up” email (24 – 72 hours), pick-up anytime between 8am – 8pm SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Your Order will be placed in our outdoor freezers / fridge for pick-up at your convenience and labeled with your name. Easy-peasy!
Locally Delivery – If you are within 30 minutes of our farm (availability is determined by zip code at checkout), we offer home delivery to the Scottsville / Charlottesville areas. We deliver every Friday for orders over $50 ($6 delivery charge) and FREE DELIVERY for orders over $99. Simply Order online and we’ll take care of the rest!