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Hello, Spring!

Last year was challenging for us with both the Grade Fire and Redwood Valley Fire, evolving the flow of the farm to work with new market channels and land, and trying to juggle it all without sacrificing family life. We made it through, and now that we’re adjusting to life with two children (baby boy was born Dec. 27!), we’re excited for this year of farming more local food.

On the one hand, the wildfires were horrible in that they destroyed livestock fencing and set back the grazing for a year or two. On the other hand, working with our landlord, Golden Vineyards, we can work with a “clean slate” and expand the rangeland pasture available. We are especially excited for the prospect of raising more sheep and goats!

Egg layers in BD olives & vines 2018

Until then, we are focusing on pastured heritage pork and poultry production. We continue to purchase inexpensive organic and non-GMO food manufacturing byproduct that cuts our feed costs on raising meat chickens and pigs. This helps us stay competitive at our scale – much smaller than larger, vertically integrated operations. (We also purchase organic feed to ensure a balanced ration.)

Last year, we rented irrigated summer pasture for our hogs which we will continue to do this year. We plan to bring our sheep and cows there, too, as buying hay is not sustainable. By late spring, we should have those animals moved from Heart Arrow Ranch and to summer pasture.

We also just raised out our first batch of Pekin ducks! This was an experiment for us. It happened that the USDA-inspected processor was able to give us a date to custom process, so we jumped at the chance. As long as we make a few improvements on any subsequent batches, the duck enterprise can be profitable for us. So…if you are looking for local, pasture-raised, organically-fed duck, we have it available now!

Pekin ducks 2018

Throughout the year, we will be raising our pastured, organically-fed broiler chickens. The plan right now is to raise both Cornish Cross and Freedom Rangers. Forget what the difference is?Ā Cornish Cross chickens have a more tender texture and more delicate taste and are ideal for dishes that are cooked quicker and at a higher heat. Cornish cross chickens are raised to 8-weeks old. Freedom Ranger chickens have a firmer, developed texture and richer, fuller taste. They are best for slow-cooked and braised dishes. Freedom Ranger chickens are raised to 12-weeks old.

We also just wanted to put in a plug for roaster hogs! Word is starting to get around that we sell amazing whole hogs for parties, like weddings. Adam can even come out and roast it for you if your event is not too far away. Roasting and eating a whole hog is a mouth-watering experience if done right.

Right now, you can find our chicken and pork on the menu at SIP and SAVOR at The Golden Pig in Hopland. We’re also helping them with eggs. Stop in to try their fresh, delicious fare. They have a full bar with many locally-produced spirits, wines, and beer. They even have a beer on tap from Moonlight Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, where we get spent brewery grains for our pigs.

Pork production slowed a bit last year, but by summer we should have cut-and-wrapped pork available again for filling your freezers. Also, we’re hoping to raise holiday turkeys this year! We will let you know when we start taking deposits on turkey. As always, it helps us immensely when we have orders confirmed before we start raising or producing something, and pre-payments help us cover input costs. Our days of running a traditional CSA (community-supported agriculture) have stopped, but the spirit of having co-producers is still crucial for us to continue farming delicious, healthy food for our community.

Have a blessed Spring!

-The Gaskas

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

With gratitude,

Adam & Paula

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We’re raising pastured turkeys again this year – and lots of them!

What better way to celebrate the holidays this year than with pastured, organically-fed turkey from your local farmers? If you would like to reserve a bird for the holiday, make a deposit for one today! You’ll ensure a treat for your family and friends, and you’ll help us cover some of the costs to raise your delicious main course šŸ™‚

Just fill out a form (downloadable below) and send us your $40 deposit.

Thanksgiving Turkey Flier 2011

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A few folks have asked us whether we are selling Thanksgiving turkeys again this year. Unfortunately, we are not. While we understand that you have enjoyed our pastured and organically-fed poultry in the past, we did not have enough capital this spring to raise a substantial number of them. When we made an announcement in March that we were taking deposits for Thanksgiving turkeys, we only received 9 reservations. So, next year, when you get that email or see that flier about our Thanksgiving turkeys, think about putting down a deposit. Yes, it’s a long ways off for you to think about a meal you’ll be preparing. But think about the delicious local turkey you would eat!

Most of America buys their turkeys from the vertically-integrated and consolidated turkey industry. Would you want a turkey raised on one of these farms? Where they pride themselves for using antibiotics?

For some really interesting turkey reading, check out TheNibble.com’s comparison of supermarket, heritage, organic, and wild turkey.

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Gobble Gobble!

turkeys being goofy

turkeys being goofy

If you haven’t heard, we’re raising free-range organically-fed turkeys! They will be up to size by Thanksgiving (just two months away!). Put a down a deposit of $35 t0 reserve your bird. They cost $5/pound. Toms are +14 lb, hens are +10 lb.

Turkeys will get processed on November 21 and can be picked up at the farm. Alternatively, you can pick up your turkey at Westside Renaissance Market after that dateĀ and atĀ $5 convenience fee.

Impress your guests over the holiday with a tasty home-cookedĀ  sustainably-grown turkey!

Turkey Order Form

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This year, we are raising poultry again! We usually sell much of our poultry through Live Power Community Farm CSA membership, but we did not get enough interest this year. So, some of you may be hearing about this twice, but we wanted to offer our poultry fare to all the connoisseurs of local, tasty food.

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cornish cross

Please see the poultry order form with all the pertinent details. In short, we do monthly broiler chicken shares that can be picked up at the Saturday Ukiah Farmers Market (dates are on the order form) and Thanksgiving turkey shares. In concept, it is like a poultry CSA where your deposit helps us cover initial costs. Turkey chicks cost $9 each!

The chickens will be pasturing in the fallow part of the winter CSA garden this summer, so they will also be contributing to the fertility of next winter’s vegetables!

If you are interested in buying 20+ chickens for the entire season, you have the option of picking them up all at once. (Some folks with big freezers may find this more convenient.)

We need orders by May 15, please!

Any questions, give us a call! 707.272.5477

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving turkey

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