We get this question a lot… “Are your chickens, ducks, and turkeys Certified Organic?”
I wish I could simply say, “Yes,” but my answer is more complex.
First, we are not “certified organic” but do follow most of the requirements plus some. ALL of our poultry feed is:
- GMO free and Certified Organic
- Synthetic pesticide and herbicide free
- Antibiotic free
- Hormone free
- Irradiation free
- Chemical free
- Soy Free and Corn Free
The process to become certified is expensive and time-consuming, especially for a small farm. We would need a full-time staff member just for the paperwork!
I want to spend my time farming, not paperwork. Second, our standards are higher than the requirements of “Certified Organic”.
Do you want a chicken that is raised in a huge warehouse, never seeing the light of day or being out in the sunshine, walking all day on a manure-ridden cement floor, with a little more room to move the size of a shoebox? That is certified organic.
Our chickens, ducks and turkeys are out on pasture 24/7 once they are old enough which is about 4 weeks of age. They are moved onto fresh pasture daily, pecking and scratching, in the sunshine, living out their “chickeness”. To me, that is Beyond Organic!
Chickens are omnivores… They are meant to eat a variety of things, not just cheap “subsidized” soy and corn. (more about that in another post) They eat grasses and clovers, weeds, insects, grubs.
Our poultry get a salad bar of greens specifically planted for their diet supplemented with a Certified Organic No Soy and No Corn grain feed which consists of Organic Peas, Organic Barley, Organic Wheat, Organic Oats, Fish Meal, Organic Alfalfa Meal, Organic Flaxseed, Organic Kelp and a balance of vitamins and minerals with probiotics to aid in nutrition and digestion. We take that a step further and ferment the feed which increases nutrient intake! This is Beyond Organic!
The certification process institutionalizes farming, but farming is fundamentally natural.
They are polar opposites. Listen, if you shop at the supermarket, those labels are important! But, if you are sourcing food from a small farmer like us, maybe the “certified organic” label could be a detriment. What’s most important always is knowing your farmer.
Let us know if you have any questions about our products or farming practices! We’re an open book.
Your Farmer ~ Steve