Monday, July 26, 2010

The second round is here!

We are processing Cornish Cross birds tomorrow! If you would like any please let us know. 801 241 1681. In two weeks we will have more Cornish Cross and some White Rocks. That will be fun to see the difference in the breeds. We are hoping for a nice cloudy day tomorrow.

Friday, July 23, 2010

We're back!

What a fun trip! A little bit of Alexandria, VA ~ Driving through the beautiful countryside ~ Two 14-hour intensive training days on the farm ~ A few state parks and caverns ~ and lots and lots of learning and note-taking. We had a bit of a frame of reference since we have been raising chickens and turkeys this year, which allowed us to ask some detailed, specific questions. We learned lots about pigs and cows, which we want to raise in the future. We met many people devoted to local farming, grass-finished meat, pastured poultry, etc. Joel Salatin was the teacher and we followed him around his entire farm for 2 days. The training was limited to 30 people to keep it intimate and give enough time for valuable discussion. Virginia is a beautiful place, but so is Salt Lake City and we're excited to be back home to farm in our own local community. The visit to Polyface was so encouraging and positive. The Salatins have been farming for years and decades, so it was fun to see all the possibilities and come back to our own little growing farm. Thanks again for sharing this adventure with us. Enjoy the pictures!

p.s. if you don't know who Joel Salatin is yet, watch the movies Food, Inc. and Fresh, the movie or read the book The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. We highly recommend them.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Polyface we come!

We are off to Polyface farm in Swoope, Virginia (Shenandoah valley) tomorrow for a 2 day conference. Joel Salatin is the owner of the farm, has written 6 books, numerous articles, and is featured in the movies Food, Inc. and Fresh, the movie. Danny will be trained from Joel Salatin himself. This is such an exciting opportunity for us to learn from the best!

"Roughly 550 acres, the farm is about 100 acres of open land and the balance is wooded. Polyface Farm produces "beyond-organic," grass-fattened beef, home-grown broilers, pastured turkeys, firewood, eggs, rabbits and vegetables."

We recently learned that all sessions of this summer's Polyface Intensive Discovery Seminar are long full and there are lengthy waiting lists in case there are cancellations. We'll have a full report when we get back. In the meantime, thank you to all the people who are helping 'babysit' the chickens and the farm while we are gone. We return on 22JUL and will have our next processing dates on 27JUL and 10AUG. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 9, 2010

We reap what we sow!

It brings us great joy to start something from the beginning and see the finished product. As far as birds go, we have seen one batch begin as babies in the brooders, taken care of them for life, and then they fed us. What an amazing process. Here are some pictures of other things we are looking forward to this fall (or now). Saffron is especially excited because she will be able to eat real food by then! Tomatoes, peppers, corn, broccoli, onions, fresh herbs, eggs, and chicken...and in one of the pictures you can see our nice compost rotting away.

We just got 3 orders of new baby chicks in. These chicks are actually called turkens or naked necks. I think they look like little people with wigs on. They are doing well and we hear they are more of a delicacy in terms of flavor. We can't wait to find out.

And we'll close this entry with a very nice picture of a flower and a flower girl.