Natural, Sustainable, Non-GMO
We don’t label our farm “Organic” simply because of the exorbitant cost of annual fees and inspections, but we follow all of the best practices for your health and ours. Our produce is strictly Non-GMO, our growing, fertilizing, and bug control methods are all natural, and we design all of our farm systems to work together with long term sustainability in mind. Combined, these practices greatly exceed the minimum standards to be called Certified Organic.
Certified Humane http://certifiedhumane.org/how-we-work/our-beginning/
In 2010 we earned our first certification for our pasture raised, organic hens.
From CH website: Humane Farm Animal Care is a non-profit charity whose mission is to improve the lives of farm animals by providing viable, credible, duly monitored standards for humane Feed production and assuring consumers that certified products meet these standards.
Animal Welfare Approved http://animalwelfareapproved.org/about/
In 2012 we achieved the highest possible certification for our pasture raised, organic hens. The chickens now have several open pastures to call home. We move the chickens throughout these areas every few days so that they have fresh grass throughout the season.
From AWA website: The Animal Welfare Approved seal is a hard earned badge of difference and demonstrates the farmer’s commitment to the care of their animals, the land and the local community. Farmers in this program will be distinguished by a humane and conscientious attitude towards the animals in their care as evidenced by physical audit and development of detailed plans and records of farm practices.
Trees Forever – Illinois Buffer Partnership http://www.treesforever.org/Illinois_Buffer_Partnership
We’ve planted 100 native trees and shrubs over the past three years in support of healthy soil, water purity, and erosion prevention. These plantings run along our creek and throughout the farm, so keep an eye out for them on your next visit. They were chosen for the pollen, fruit or nuts they produce. We water these trees and shrubs by hand using water which is collected in a 1000 gallon tank plumbed to the roof of our barn.