This Week ‘Round The Farm
Time to bid adieu to this old beast. It’s the end of an era, and the end of me smelling like a campfire all winter. 🔥
Learning the importance of a kilovolt.⚡
Mama’s watchful eye. 🐃
You know spring is just around the corner when these three show up in your mailbox. Time to start garden planning 🌱
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Why Local Matters
The Principles That Guide Our Farm
As we begin a new year, so begins planning for the days and months ahead. When to move the cows back to the lowlands? Should we do a garden? When to order baby chicks? It’s the time of year where everything gets put on paper and planned out so as to visualize the year and make it a reality.
It’s also a time of year where we remember why we became a farm. A time when we reflect on our vision and principles. These principles guide the decisions we make on the farm. Decisions such as how to raise our animals, how to improve the land, how to reduce waste, and most importantly, how to share these values with you.
Farm Visits Encouraged
As part of our open door policy, we encourage you to come to the farm to see how the animals are raised. You shouldn’t be kept in the dark about where your food comes from or how it was produced. Knowing how your food was raised from start to finish is what you get at Longbottom Farm.
Many of today’s commercial operations house animals in buildings, feed only from troughs (not pasture), and provide antibiotics for all (whether they need it or not) in the name of efficiency. You won’t find these efficiencies shortcuts at our farm!
Stewardship of the Land
In nature, there really isn’t much waste. Animals eat, their manure fertilizes, plants grow, animals eat. Throw in some rain and sunshine and viola! Of course it’s not that simple, but the point is that nature has figured most of this out. We aim to mimic these cycles to improve not only the land, but the health of our animals.
This played a big hand in sparking our interest in locally raised food from the start. Misleading labels, questionable ingredients, and inhumane practices seem to be the norm. We wanted to know what was in our food, how it was raised, and where it came from. For example, did you know that a “Product of the USA” sticker seen on supermarket beef / pork can apply to any beef / pork regardless of where it’s from. It only has to be PROCESSED in the USA to get that sticker. Thus beef from another country / continent can be shipped here, processed here, and then labeled “Product of the USA”. This is just one of many gimics that has me shaking my head. At Longbottom Farm, you can rest assured transparency is included with your order.
These are the values that are important to us and the foundation of our farm. We know these values resonate with you as well by our many conversations at the farm and the market. When it comes to healthy, ethically raised food, we’re here for you. We aim to be the open and transparent farm we searched for before farming. Thanks for supporting us and letting us be that farm for you!