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Thistle Byre Farm

(Delphi,IN)

Check out the farm pictures on face book..... We will not up date Local Harvest after this year due to costs ...check out face book for daily farm updates and useful information.....Our website is in the process of being updated...so face book is most accurate now....We are also on LinkedIn.. Eat clean and healthy food! Non-nitrate pork items available...We have several very lean and juicy sausage types, brats, pure white lard, thick pork chops, English Cottage bacon along with Canadian and traditional bacon along with a full compliment of other meat cuts... We are a small, pasture based, sustainable family farm. Our children are working along side of us. In 2009 two of our children...ages 10 and 13... were awarded SARE Youth grants to fund some research they were doing in their production niches. They presented their results Michigan in 2010. We had beetle traps collecting the DNA and have evaluated the beneficial insect population as part of a project by a Purdue PhD student. One capstone senior project involving the tagging of beetles is still in process. We are always excited to encourage good science and real food! We have about 100 acres including some rented hay ground... most of which was certified organic with MOSA in 2009....we have opted to manage it organically without the expensive certification costs beginning in 2011....we left it so we can pick up certification easily in the future... We raise grass fed lamb and beef as well as pastured chicken, turkey and pork. In addition, small fruits and apples are in different stages of development at the farm. We offer a limited supply of home grown veggies, herbs, and flowers giving our CSA members priority. Our animals rotationally graze in the grass growing months. We feed them our own organic hay during the winter months. We obtain grain from a friend that grows nonGMO corn..he grinds our grain on his farm for our pigs. This year we added 4-- 6 acre paddocks... we further mob graze by sub dividing, rationally... We sell directly to our customers at farmer's market. Our family fun days are staggered through out the year. Helping you to "know your farmer." New in 2013, is our "Farm Views" program....it offers opportunities for free intimate product sampling, movie nights, tours of the farm and pony drawn cart rides...announced on face book with priority given to CSA members first...slots will be limited and fill fast... We welcome group tours and schedule these through the season as time permits... Abby is available to speak. A dynamic Board Certified Nurse Practitioner , mother of 5 children and organic farmer, she offers a unique, practical perspective on eating outside the box frugally...she is a champion of simple living that enriches family life and health....clinically she specializes in "self induced illnesses"...Her positive, empowering messages help you to take charge of your own health and your family's..... Her energetic , lively, passionate spirit make her easy to listen to...she can speak to many issues including: sustainable agriculture, clean food, gardening, preserving the harvest, frugal living on a limited food budget, finding your center (weight loss) , preventative health strategies....and other health related topics related to sustainable agriculture and green living.....these have been offered throughout the season in Logansport .....with huge success......in 2015 we hope to begin to offer some of them on the farm ..... beginning later in the season..as well as in Logansport. Call for availability... We are working on software to send out regular newsletters without the glitches we experienced in past years... Our website is in a transitional phase... It is our goal to help our friends and family live the "good life" free of self induced illness by offering educational tidbits about health and wellness issues. The "good life" often involves intentional living and slow food choices..frugality.....and seasonal, local eating....we have lots of ideas to help busy people accomplish this goal. We connect with family and friends nearly daily on face book. Here we offer specials, articles of interest, recipes and frugal living tips....Join our discussion groups..exchange your recipes and join the Thistle Byre Community. We believe it is better to be interdependent than independent...Ask to be on our "Friends and Family" list...join in on the fun. A team of core members has been formed to help out at the farm..... offering their talents at the farm helps keep people connected with the land. and their food...we reward them for their good service with a reduced or free share. Limited openings for the core group are available.... applications are available for these positions by asking the CSA coordinator. We will try to match talents with our needs. This year one core member helped us move and reestablish our greenhouse..from one farm to the other... Farms are always in a state of flux and flexibility is the key...we are at the mercy of many unpredictable things...weather, pests and the demand for our crops. ..not to mention our unstable economy...we are optimistic...with a sustainable paradigm, frugal management , limited overhead and wonderful Friends and Family we expect a great 2014...and more to come. Thistle Byre Farm is regularly at the Lafayette Farmer's Market on Saturday. Taste our meats, seasonal veggies, herbs and fruit. Enjoy the colors, fragrance and beauty of hand raised flowers and arrangements for your table. In 2014 Graham hopes to have more local honey available from his bees. It was a big hit last year. He prepared his honey bees for a cold winter only time will tell how well it worked. We have had sporadic deliveries of meat in Lafayette..based on need...once we accumulate enough orders to make it cost effective we schedule one..let us know when you need meat and we can add you to our delivery list...

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