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Monday, October 31, 2011

Visit to a Pastured Poultry farm

I love visiting other sustainable farms. Each time, I learn wonderful new things and meet great people.
Usually I visit farms through the organization I belong to- CRAFT - collaborative regional alliance for farmer training. However, this time I contacted a farmer on my own.

I recently read Joel Salatin's book "Pastured Poultry Profits", in an effort to learn more about raising meat chickens (cornish cross) - our customers are requesting naturally-raised chicken meat, and I'm going to rise to the challenge! Great book.  After reading the book, I remembered buying a pastured chicken years ago at our local meat processing facility. I looked up the farm online, emailed the farmer, had a phone call, and set up a day to visit.

The farm is in a neighboring county. It was a beautiful drive & very informative visit.

He raises chickens (about 2,500 per year), turkeys (pictured below on a different farm), beef, and pork - all on pasture. For the record, chickens can only survive on about 20% grass, 80% grain. Turkeys can go up to almost 50%.  So poultry cannot be 100% grass-fed.  However, every little bit helps!  These type of pasture-raised chickens and turkeys are the best tasting, most humanely raised, happy.... and delicious... poultry you'll ever taste.

It will be an interesting year at Wishful Acres in 2012!

1 comment:

  1. Oh that's so wonderful! Getting quality meat from humanely raised animals is such a great thing.