(Pinon Hills, California)
Organic, free-range, pastured, grass-fed/finished, heritage-breeds,
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Our next home-farm, event is scheduled for Sun. Feb. 10th. Gates open at 11:00 A.M. Please RSVP.
Rainbow Ranch Farms, Heritage -Breed, Pastured, Free-Range Poultry,is grown without any grains. No G.M.O's, and Gluten-Free!
We grow seasonal produce and greens from saved, heirloom seeds, and certified organic seeds, without using any sprays, pesticides, or herbicides.
As we harvest, the cattle, hogs, lambs, and poultry are free to pasture, and clear the area for the next planting.
We keep specific bird-breeds in each garden plot, for pest control. We are also bee keepers, and growers of a variety of valuable insects.
"Poisons, and toxic sprays are not acceptable",
Posted by Poly
@ 08:26 AM CST
Food Inc - Official Trailer [HD] - Brought to us by, VISO TRAILERS
Release Date: 12 June 2009
Cast: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser
Director: Robert Kenner
Writer: Robert Kenner
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.
Posted by Poly
@ 06:57 AM CST
Good morning! The group of university students touring co-op's and farms across the country will be here on Thursday Feb. 10th.
They are only using bicycles as a form of transportation and are a dedicated to this project. They will be visiting co-op's and farms as a part of a sustainable agriculture research and development project, which they are working on at the University.
They are all carrying tents in back packs and one of the group members "Cecilia" has been wonderful about keeping us posted on their progress.
They reached Hesperia, CA last night, from Santa Clarita, and the tour goes on. Farm members are welcome to come visit on Thursday, Feb. 10th to help around the farm and meet these wonderful students on a mission.
There will be work! moving corrals, raking and shoveling debris, manure management, feeding, watering, separating livestock and so much more.
We will be cooking homemade pizzas in the stone oven, chicken will be roasting along with game birds and beef.
To participate, please contact me.
Posted by Poly
@ 09:29 AM CST
An important bill, brought to our attention by our friend Katherine W.
Washington, DC— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) today introduced the Equality for Women Farmers Act. She was joined by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-14), an original co-sponsor of the bill, and by six women farmers who shared their stories of discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply because of their gender.
To read the entire story, from the original source, please click the link.
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Posted by Poly
@ 05:45 AM CST
Today marks another pick-up day at the farm. Open to registered farm members.
Please bring your large coolers, try to carpool and wear flat shoes.
Please, drive up and open and close the gate behind you, we have livestock running free.
The second gate has a walk through gate next to it. We are happy to use the dolly to transport your boxes to your car.
Extras will be available, eggs are "you pick", Brenda will be here with her goodies and some members will be providing their farm goods to our farm members today!.
We will have a member volunteer sheet at pick-up, if you are interested in volunteering on one of the farms, please sign up.
It is now 5:00am, I will not be available by phone, until after 12 noon!
Posted by Poly
@ 06:01 AM CST
So many health factors are triggered by diet and nutrition, some behavior is a result of bad diet, such as: compulsive lying, overeating, excessive smoking, alcohol binging. Most of us understand the links between diet and behavior, others are still wet behind the ears. To improve diet today, to start healing soft tissue and brain tissue, browse www.localharvest.org stores to find what best suits your family.
Some of you may know people who are suffering from mental illness, I know that a lot of people do, just read some of the stuff written on the World Wide Web, blogs, websites, newspapers, magazines etc.if proper diet can be one of the steps to begin healing, share this information.
Good, healthy, organic, food is not just delicious and filling, it can be healling too.
From our friends at Science Daily,
Scientist Shows Link Between Diet and Onset of Mental Illness
ScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2010) — Changes in diet have been linked to a reduction of abnormal behaviors in mentally ill people or animals, but a Purdue University study shows that diet might also trigger the onset of mental illness in the first place.
For the complete and original article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101213151446.htm
The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by Purdue University, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.
- Brett D. Dufour, Olayiwola Adeola, Heng-Wei Cheng, Shawn S. Donkin, Jon D. Klein, Edmond A. Pajor, Joseph P. Garner. Nutritional up-regulation of serotonin paradoxically induces compulsive behavior. Nutritional Neuroscience, 2010; 13 (6): 256 DOI: 10.1179/147683010X12611460764688
Posted by Poly
@ 04:43 AM CST
Rainbow Ranch Farms
Rainbow Ranch Farms is owned by a cooperative group of farm members and operated by farm members protocol.
A small, private farm, specializing in the delicate dietary and health needs of a close nit group of people. We are proud of our animal husbandry standards, and make improvements on a regular basis.
From Raw Foodies to Purists, to the Family Next Door. All seeking and working hard to preserve old fashioned farming, heirloom foods and heritage livestock. A group striving to make the world a better place, and to make certain that foods are grown and harvested with humane treatment and grown as nature intended.
We do not use corn, soy or wheat, our proprietary feed blend ingredients are from Certified Organic ingredients. We steer away from using commercial feeds, seeds, and plants.
In an effort to help preserve rare and endangered breeds of livestock, we grow a wide variety of heritage, rare and endangered breeds.
Some of our products are now in small grocery outlets within California, if you would like your local grocer to carry our meats, please let us know or let your grocer know, thank you.
We grow our mets natures way, the way nature intended: pastured, grass fed and free range livestock; We may be the smallest farm, growing the widest variety of free range, grass fed, heritage breeds in the U.S.A. today, in a humane and stress free natural environment and on 100% Certified Organic custom feed blend, without the use of corn, soy, wheat and Gluten-Free!
According to our farm members, customers, freinds, family and neighbors: Rainbow Ranch Farms grows the most delicious, free range, grass fed, pastured and humanely grown heritage meats, on today's market. We bring together the food cooperatives, community supported agricultural programs and unite local (100 mile), natural farmers, growers, producers and manufacturers of foods, produce, commodities and household goods used every day.
Our meats are pure, lean, delicious and "sushimi fresh". Raw Foodies do not consume meats that have deep frozen, we offer both fresh and freshly frozen. Fresh pick-up, fresh delivery or next day air shipping is available. No that is tricky!
Rainbow Ranch Farms Community Supported Agricultural Programs and cooperatives are very tight, and cooperative farm members who are farmers, growers, producers and manufacturers may participate.
Our member participants provide, fresh heirloom (from old fashioned, rare food seeds), (fruits, vegetables, greens, whole grains, nuts and seeds), consumer goods and products FREE of flouride or aluminum, homemade soaps and lotions, from producers who actually grow their own goats and milk, and so much more.
Our Family Fun Fairs, Farm Events, Farm Tours and Classes are held throughout the year, CO-OP's are weekly and our C.S.A. is monthly, throughout the state of California!
WHAT MAKES RAINBOW RANCH FARMS SO OUTSTANDING?
NO Medications, NO Hormones, NO Steroids, NO Antibiotics, NO Additives, NO Pesticides, NO Herbicides, NO Animal-By-Products, NO Arsenicals, NO Fungicides, NO G.M.O.'s, NO Microbials and NO Artificial Grow Lights.
NO CORN, NO SOY, and NO WHEAT
Advanced, electronic and back-up product traceability
Rare and endangered breeds
Humane and Ethical handling
Individually Processed, by Hand
Superb animal husbandry, second to none
Clean and safe living conditions
Environmentally safe and ecologically friendly protocols
Proprietary, Organic Feed
NOTE: Not all applications for membership can be accepted, we reserve the right to refuse membership. Applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis, pending approval.
Since 1991, we have stuck to our mission, improved on our farming techniques and continued to grow on a self sustaining, bio-dynamic permaculture.
Rainbow Ranch Farms is a small, private farm cooperative, generating the purest foods which are demanded by farm members. We are not open to the general public. Our farm products are available to the public through various avenues and through small, privately owned, independent grocery, and specialty stores across California.
No "one single" person decides what is grown, how it is grown, harvested, how it is packaged, chilled, priced, sold, or shipped, this is a member cooperative decision, made by an entire group of farm members, who demand fresh food, clean foods, humanely raised, free range grown, without corn, soy or additives.
Rainbow Ranch Farms: where members control their food from day one to the day it hits the dinner table.
We support the missions of Certified Naturally Grown, Animal Welfare Approved, Humane Handling and Certified Organic. We have always respected and supported these wonderful agencies. You may even see us sporting their logos someday!
Our proprietary feed blend is "Certified Organic", manufactured by the highest standards in todays industry and 100% G.M.O.-FREE (tested & verified).
Animal Welfare approved is a highly respected certification, we have and continue to encourage this label and certification process to farms across the country that grow livestock.
Their guidelines are superb and help to protect against the much needed abuse and/or neglect that does occur in the industry today. Please check-out their website http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org/ and persue a certification. You and your customers will eat better!
Be certain to be very clear with your Inspectors and auditors, so that they understand your operation. I have had great results and informative conversations with these agencies, the inspectors are kind, educated, articulate and open to suggestions.
If you have any questions, please contact the farm.1-760-868-6206
Posted by Poly
@ 07:50 AM CST
WHY EAT LOCAL? From Our friends at www.100milediet.org
Here on www.LocalHarvest.org you will find the largest selection of farms, close to you. Please be sure to explore, what your local food providers are growing NOW!.
1. Taste the difference.
At a farmers’ market, most local produce has been picked inside of 24 hours. It comes to you ripe, fresh, and with its full flavor, unlike supermarket food that may have been picked weeks or months before. Close-to-home foods can also be bred for taste, rather than withstanding the abuse of shipping or industrial harvesting. Many of the foods we ate on the 100-Mile Diet were the best we’d ever had.
RRF Insert: Be sure that you are selecting produce from heirloom seeds, and not supporting the corporations who supply genetically modified or patented seeds to farmers.
2. Know what you’re eating.
Buying food today is complicated. What pesticides were used? Is that corn genetically modified? Was that chicken free range or did it grow up in a box? People who eat locally find it easier to get answers. Many build relationships with farmers whom they trust. And when in doubt, they can drive out to the farms and see for themselves.
RRF Insert: Not all famers have the time for visits, since farming takes most of the day, please be certain to be patient, gracious and understanding.
3. Meet your neighbors.
Local eating is social. Studies show that people shopping at farmers’ markets have 10 times more conversations than their counterparts at the supermarket. Join a community garden and you’ll actually meet the people you pass on the street.
RRF Insert: It does not need to be a farmers market, it could be a local food co-op, local C.S.A. or even a small specialty market that meets your needs.
4. Get in touch with the seasons.
When you eat locally, you eat what’s in season. You’ll remember that cherries are the taste of summer. Even in winter, comfort foods like squash soup and pancakes just make sense–a lot more sense than flavorless cherries from the other side of the world.
RRF Insert: Sometimes produce farmers grow foods in coolframe and/or greenhouse, they may offer some out of season fruits and vegetables, even during the out-of-season months. Some areas have a comlimentary climate, which allows for growing some fruits and vegetables, naturally, even during out-of-season.
5. Discover new flavors.
Ever tried sunchokes? How about purslane, quail eggs, yerba mora, or tayberries? These are just a few of the new (to us) flavors we sampled over a year of local eating. Our local spot prawns, we learned, are tastier than popular tiger prawns. Even familiar foods were more interesting. Count the types of pear on offer at your supermarket. Maybe three? Small farms are keeping alive nearly 300 other varieties–while more than 2,000 more have been lost in our rush to sameness .
6. Explore your home.
Visiting local farms is a way to be a tourist on your own home turf, with plenty of stops for snacks.
7. Save the world.
A study in Iowa found that a regional diet consumed 17 times less oil and gas than a typical diet based on food shipped across the country. The ingredients for a typical British meal, sourced locally, traveled 66 times fewer “food miles.” Or we can just keep burning those fossil fuels and learn to live with global climate change, the fiercest hurricane seasons in history, wars over resources…
8. Support small farms.
We discovered that many people from all walks of life dream of working the land–maybe you do too. In areas with strong local markets, the family farm is reviving. That’s a whole lot better than the jobs at Wal-Mart and fast-food outlets that the globalized economy offers in North American towns.
9. Give back to the local economy.
A British study tracked how much of the money spent at a local food business stayed in the local economy, and how many times it was reinvested. The total value was almost twice the contribution of a dollar spent at a supermarket chain .
10. Be healthy.
Everyone wants to know whether the 100-Mile Diet worked as a weight-loss program. Well, yes, we lost a few pounds apiece. More importantly, though, we felt better than ever. We ate more vegetables and fewer processed products, sampled a wider variety of foods, and ate more fresh food at its nutritional peak. Eating from farmers’ markets and cooking from scratch, we never felt a need to count calories.
11. Create memories.
A friend of ours has a theory that a night spent making jam–or in his case, perogies–with friends will always be better a time than the latest Hollywood blockbuster. We’re convinced.
12. Have more fun while traveling.
Once you’re addicted to local eating, you’ll want to explore it wherever you go. On a trip to Mexico, earth-baked corn and hot-spiced sour oranges led us away from the resorts and into the small towns. Somewhere along the line, a mute magician gave us a free show over bowls of lime soup in a little cantina.
Click the link for the website and original article. http://100milediet.org/why-eat-local
We have a list of clean, reliable, friendly and responsible small family farms, meat growers, food co-op's, C.S.A's, produce growers, 100 mile market, custom pastured meat butcher shops etc. If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.
Posted by Poly
@ 06:09 AM CST
Free Range vs. Pastured: Chicken and Eggs
Thursday, March 05, 2009 11:59 AM
By Cheryl Long
Tags: pastured, grass-fed, free-range, chicken, eggs
"Free range" refers to chickens being allowed to range freely outdoors where they can eat whatever grass, weed seeds, insects and worms they choose. This results in more nutritious eggs and meat for consumers, and healthier, humane conditions for the birds. Some producers abuse this term and label their eggs as “free range” when in fact all they have done is open a door to allow their chickens to range in an outdoor area of bare dirt or concrete, with no pasture in sight.
Thus you need to confirm if your eggs or chicken comes from "true" or "pastured" or "grass-fed" free-range conditions. Also, some producers choose a modified system that involves keeping birds safe from predators by confining them in pens or inside electric fencing, and moving the pens frequently onto fresh pastures. Thus, pastured birds may be true free-range or penned, but either system is correctly referred to as “pastured.” And either system is a better choice than products that come from industrial factory farm conditions.
Posted by Poly
@ 09:25 AM CST
Winter at Rainbow Ranch Farms: Photo Album
The snow is about 2 feet deep, some of the chickens and turkeys came out to snow play, others chose to stay in their cozy coops. If you can not see the photos, click on the link to open it.
Posted by Poly
@ 01:19 PM CST
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