What is Permaculture?
The dictionary definition of permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
We like to think of ourselves as “beyond organic”. The reason being, organic farming practices do not mean sustainable or even healthy. There are many organic farms that are ruining the land, hurting the planet, and abusing cheap labor markets. Sustainability should be considered at every level. We are proud to spend our money locally, add value to the community, create a beautiful product without hurting the land, and help repair damaged soils. Organic standards are also at the whim of politicians and organizations, where as our standards are uncompromising principals. Comparatively, you can run a nutrient density test on a standard “organic” egg, for example, and an egg from a farm like ours, and you’re going to get many more nutrients in our eggs and a better product. Organic doesn’t address the quality of food, only that certain things, like chemicals, won’t be in it. Beyond organic means much more than organic, and, in our opinion, far surpasses those standards. We need nutrient diversity in our diets. We believe we need to eat foods that used to grow here, but are not easy to package so lost their place on grocery shelves, and we need to know that the things we eat are grown in an environment where they can absorb as much natural nutrient as possible.
We like to say our animals only have “one bad day”. The rest of their lives they’re running, playing, eating, and relaxing in beautiful pastures, sunshine and fresh air. We love our animals, but also know they serve a purpose. We are forever grateful for that, and appreciate the opportunity to steward them. All of our animals are treated with love, honor, and respect. We believe this is important, and we want to know where our food comes from, and we want you to know where your food comes from. We teach our children the importance of knowing your food, and understanding that animals make the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live. We believe we shouldn’t be disconnected from our food, we shouldn’t just pick it up in a pack at the store without understanding that. We believe when we eat food we should understand what that means, and honor it. I can speak from personal experience that when you live this way, and you believe these things, your food can taste better than you’ve ever imagined, and can become a very pure, and very humbling experience.
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