After a succesful trial period last year with pasture raised chickens for meat and eggs, we will be offering both chicken and eggs again for this year. Click here for more information on how to order for the upcoming season and for more detailed information about our pastured poultry operations.
Archive for February, 2011
Many people ask me, “but what do the cows eat in the winter?” Here is a clip of Steve feeding them. They get 100% certified organic hay. Sometimes we give them dry hay. In this case, it is wrapped high-moisture hay.
The USDA has just adjusted the official nutritional information about eggs after testing a random sampling of eggs throughout the country. The last time they did this was in 2002. Present-day eggs average 14% less cholesterol and 64% more vitamin D than previously measured. Everything else is about the same. Nutrition labeling on eggs will soon reflect these new data.
According the American Egg Board, “Some researchers believe the natural decrease in the cholesterol level of eggs could be related to the improvements farmers have made to the hens’ feed.” Well, duh! And what would happen if we let hens eat living plants and bugs out in the sun?
Here is a clip from a fascinating documentary we just learned about from our friend Gerhard Pawelka. (The whole documentary is available on iTunes.) It is about the changes Cuban agriculture went through, due to a shortage of energy as a result of the the collapse of the Soviet Republic. This led them down a path towards agricultural sustainability, using organic farming practices to produce healthy food.
It might seem like a stretch, given the current weather we are having, but I feel we can learn a lot from the new Cuban paradigm.