“Thank-you for your service.”
It’s a statement veterans hear frequently. They appreciate it, really. A lot of them are trying to figure out how to make their experiences in the military jive with the challenges of civilian life. One veteran said that being in a war zone is easier in a way: “All you have to do is stay alive.” In civilian life, there are bosses and coworkers, family demands, bills, dreams with their challenges, a lot of goals and demands to satisfy as opposed to just one (stay alive).
Working with soil, plants, and animals is a fulfilling way to find a new spot in life, or just transition from one world to the other, for many veterans. A better way than thanking a veteran with just words is to support his or her business. The Farmer Veteran Coalition offers a Homegrown By Heroes label to help you identify products veterans produce. Our products will proudly bear this label. We encourage other veterans to put the label on their products. We encourage the public to put action to word and support these veterans.
Life. That’s what we’re about on this farm. Part of our rebuilding process has been to seek ways to build into the lives of those around us. Thus, we offer classes to help others raise their own food, provide healthful food for folks, and have sought ways to help a very needy population find ways to make their way in life. Here’s a great article from The New American about that last effort:
Contact us to find out how you can help, or to refer someone you think may benefit from joining our veteran community.
‘Tis the season for shorts with muddy boots (that way your pants stay dry when you walk in puddles), pigs rototilling gardens, and broiler chicks. Frank is showing off his skill at picking up chicks.
Despite it’s fickleness, March brings the promise of better things to come. The chickens are inclined to believe March and start laying eggs with enthusiasm.
Jim is the guy who takes care of the laying hens. The two turkeys in there are making it quite a learning experience, but Jim usually prevails. Jim has also learned this winter how to fry an egg. He’s very proud of this and makes himself an egg when he wants a snack. However, Jim’s snacked on as many eggs as he wants and there are still a lot of them! The chickens get GMO free feed and wander around their yard (and sometimes ours as well!) all day, which makes for a nutrient dense, tasty egg. Jim would love to share with you! Call, e-mail, or just order them from our storefront today!
Spring Mangalitsa pig prices:
Weaned feeders (castrated males): $150
Weaned breeding stock, males and females: $500
Bred sows (exposed starting Feb. 24): $1000
Butcher hogs: $4.00/lb. hanging weight, includes basic processing. $0.75 extra per pound for bacon/ham.
Notes: 1) No weaned female will be considered a feeder. Don’t ask.
2) No guarantees on the bred sows. They will be with a proven boar for at least 45 days, but it’s nature and we can’t guarantee anything 100%.
3) Weaned pigs will be available starting April 15, but if you want breeding stock, contact us as soon as possible.