Little Springs Farm

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By: Jeffrey Sonsino    (Dec 22, 2009)

I was referred to this farm and Eleanor (the owner) from someone I contacted on Craigslist. One fall day, a friend, I, and my two kids piled into the car and drove out to see how she did things. We are concerned about three main aspects of where our food comes from: sustainable land use, local location, and organic preparation. Eleanor hits a home run with all three. She has a bachelor's in ag from UT, and was fed up with all of the factory techniques she learned. So, she raises healthy breeds of birds, not the ones with breasts so big they can't forrage on their own. They are kept in pens (to keep out the coyotes) that are rotated every day. The birds feed on critters that they forrage, grass, and suppliment that she mixes on her own (no antibiotics). You should see the grass that grows after the pens are moved! The birds are processed in a USDA facility and frozen in sealed bags. Not only are her techniques perfect, but she is a really nice person who is very easy to deal with. A member of her church regularly comes to Nashville for work, so the birds hitch a ride and it works out well.

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