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We grow over 40 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, including many heirloom varieties. The produce we grow is USDA Certified Organic by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Certified organic produce is grown WITHOUT using specific conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation. In addition, we view the farm as a whole system, and work to rotate crops & fields, keep fertility on the farm, create habitat for beneficial insects & bacteria, and generally take care of & continually improve the soil & the land- our home. Some of the veggies we raise include: kale, cabbage, broccoli, bok choi, onions, garlic, lettuce, arugula, carrots, chard, beets, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, watermelon, okra, cucumber, potatoes, summer squash, winter squash, sweet potatoes, celery, herbs, etc.
We raise "broiler" chickens outside on pasture. We are sent day-old cornish cross chicks in the mail that we raise in the brooder house until they are ready to go outside. This is the typical breed of chicken that is found in most grocery stores, but raised in a totally different way. They live in specially built pens that are moved daily onto new pasture. This ensures that they get fresh grass and bugs everyday (great nutrients), while helping to fertilize the pastures naturally.
Our beef is 100% grass fed & finished: better for cows, humans and the earth. We have red angus cattle and we consider the cattle operation to be in transition towards intensive grazing methods. In an intensive grazing system, the cattle are moved onto smaller pastures more frequently, which improves the soil and grows better grass for the cows to eat. The fields are fertilized with manure from the intensive grazing system, and from the chickens that get moved around the pasture.
We raise our pigs in the woods & on pasture, feeding on acorns and other forage as well as traditional feed. They are a cross between two heritage breeds: Large Blacks and Hereford. The pigs also help turn the compost, contributing to a whole-farm system.
* Note: The veggies are certified organic, but the meat is not. The cows are raised on 100% grass throughout their life. We are looking into organic certification for the beef in the next few years. All the animals are pasture-raised (meaning they are out in the pasture fields, on grass or in the woods and in the sunshine), and are NOT given hormones, steroids or antibiotics. The chickens and pigs do, however, also eat conventional corn and soybeans that are not organic. The chickens and pigs also get nutritious probiotics and minerals in their feed. We currently purchase feed from our neighboring farms to support our local community. We have been looking into getting non-GMO corn and soybeans. We have not yet been able to find a reasonably close and affordable source, but we’re working on it for the future. For more information about organic production and our farming practices, please ask. We’d be happy to tell you more.
Adam's dad Gary is passionate about making traditional sorghum. Sorghum is like molasses, but it is made from a plant called sorghum instead of sugar cane, and has its own unique flavor. Sorghum is a traditional crop and sweetener in our area. We use the horses to cultivate the sorghum, and to harvest and press the sorghum cane.