Someone asked me a while back why we started Gardens Spot Farms. I gave the usual answers, Oh it was something different to do. We wanted to eat better because wanted to feel better and I found the concept of poly-cultural farming interesting.
I just threw it out there when the next question came, “what the heck is Poly-Cultural farming”?
Hmmm, I hadn’t even realized I was throwing out some technical greeny phrase. it would be a good idea to have a way to explain this ancient but new way of raising animals on a small farm.
When we first decided to raise our fryers we were in the dark as to how to do it efficiently and humanely. We started reading volumes and volumes of information on chickens and what they eat, how they act on pasture or in confined spaces, etc. etc.
After all this reading and research it just seemed so natural to raise them how they’ve been living since the beginning of time.
Let them roam in the fields scratching for insects and grit to eat and to make sure they have plenty of grass and fresh water. Of course we augmented their food with peas, barley, hay and some natural vitamins. Let them do what chickens do which is what chickens do. So profound don’t you think.
What we discovered when we took them to as close as nature as we could while still protecting then were happy poultry, contented and I might add delicious.
We soon discovered other systems for raising and butchering chickens. Large commercial processing plants that if you saw them would shock you to your core.
What we discovered was the beginning of our paradigm shift. What we saw happening in our food processing plants and the huge warehouse that held our future food destined for our table, truly made us sick and we decided there and then we had to be the voice of change and champions of a different way of life.
A better way to raise animals and a more humane way to get them to our tables. We made a move to a more natural way of eating, living and farming.
One of the great things about raising pastured poultry is that you have complete control over what your birds eat, where they spend their days and how they end their lives.