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We have focused our efforts to animals listed on Slow Foods Ark of Taste a catalog of approximately 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction (www.slowfoodusa.org) meaning they grow slow but the taste is worth the wait; we also are trying to preserve genetics and help re-establish breeds that have been lost to industrial ag confinement breeds, these are listed with the American Livestock Breed Conservancy (www.albc-usa.org). For example, Mulefoots are listed as critically endangered with less than 250 purebred animals. Their meat is red and sweet and definitely NOT the other white meat.
All of our animals are in managed grazing systems and are allowed to be themselves (which can be pretty funny sometimes). There are NO antibiotics, growth hormones, medicated feed or chemical dewormers, basically, nothing weird. But, there are lots of minerals and supplements (including kelp) so you know you are getting a nutrient-dense product. We are very excited to announce that we will soon have soy-free rations developed for all our animals (are you really allergic to milk, or is it the soy the cow ate?). We are in the process of getting the farm certified organic and humane. Here is what we currently have:
American Milking Devon Cattle*^#
British White Park Cattle*
Leicester Longwool Sheep*#
Feather-legged Cuckoo & Black Copper Maran Chickens
Silkie & Amerucana Chickens
Freedom Ranger Chickens
Midget White Turkeys^#
Great Pyrenees & Border Collie Working Dogs
* Registered animals and association members.
^ On Slow Foods Ark of Taste
# On American Livestock Breeds Conservancys Endangered List
This year the garden will be growing lots of pretty and delicious heirloom vegetables, fruits and garlic (over 15 varieties) and we will be canning whatever we can. We hope to have the smokehouse churning out some old-fashioned, slow smoked meats and to be getting some fresh milk, keep your fingers crossed! We will have lots of beautiful and unusual pumpkins and gourds if you want to plan a trip out in the fall (watch for 2nd annual pig roast party). I will also be making some all-natural baby and household products as time allows. 2011 will also find us at our first farmers markets in Eau Claire.
But, all of this takes support (and we have little freezer space!). So, we are encouraging pre-ordering so we are not stuck with 500 chickens and turkeys to eat at the end of summer. If you see something above that piques your interest call or email us! We are now taking orders for the upcoming growing season and hope to get lots of [constructive] criticism. We can arrange drop-offs anytime in Eau Claire and I am frequently going to the Madison and Green Bay areas, of course, you can always pick up at the farm! We love showing you where your food is coming from and learning more about what you know and what you want. Oh, and the kids love it!!!
Is your money tight too? We are open to bartering, can always use moral support (we ask ourselves frequently if we are as crazy as the neighbors say we are) and will find a way to get you the wholesome, nutrient-dense foods your body craves.
It is hard to sit at the computer when there is so much to do outside, but the website is almost done www.togetherfarms.com where I will have lots more information. Check to see if I have a facebook page up and everyone is asking for a blog, so perhaps that too, but there are only so many hours and so much coffee.
Many heartfelt thanks for helping a small, intentional, family farm get off the ground!
We could not do it without you!
Andy, Steph, Mady & Adeyle Schneider
(This listing was last updated on May 3, 2011)