At Open Book Farm we practice regenerative agriculture by focusing on soil health, livestock well-being, and direct-to-consumer sales.
We raise laying hens, broiler chickens, turkeys, 100% grass-fed beef, and pigs by rotationally grazing them on pasture during the spring, summer, and fall. In winter, we keep our hens and pigs on a deep-bedded pack in our loafing shed. This allows us to store and compost their manure, as well providing them with shelter during the roughest months of the year. We licnesed and inspected by the state to process our chickens and turkeys on site, thereby saving the birds from the stress of transportation to slaughter.
We fertilize our vegetables with the composted manure from our livestock. We use no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides on our crops. We build soil health with cover crops and crop rotation.
Our vegetables are certified organic, but because we feed our pigs, turkeys, layers, and meat chickens a non-GMO (but not certified organic) feed, our animals are not certified organic. We will happily explain any aspect of our operation to you, and no part of our farm is off limits (other than our home, that is!) Come tour the farm and see for yourself that we are in fact an Open Book.
Season: January through January
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 50
Share Prices: Summer (Veg, Meat, and Eggs) $500, which can be used on anything we grow. Winter: (Vegetables, Meat, and Eggs): $350 for four months
Work Req? No
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Schedule and Location:
Petworth Community Farmer's Market in DC
We wholesale a small quantity of produce and whole chickens to the Common Market grocery in Frederick.
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