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THE ECO BOX

Ecological & Economical

 

Have you ever wondered how you can make a difference with your food choice?

 

Reduce food mileage?      YES YOU CAN!!!!!                                                                                                               All products in the ECO BOX are grown or produced at our own farm on Bleams Rd.

Prevent pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics entering your kitchen? Yes you can!!!         We are certified organic since over 20 years and do not use pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. We keep our fields fertile with compost from our cattle. We have no need for growth hormones or antibiotics in our livestock but optimize their health thru proper pasture management, quality grass based feed and breed selection. Animals are grass fed and grass finished.

Foster biodiversity? Yes you can!!!                                                                                                                              The farm works like a micro economy where one aspect depends and supports another, as reflected in our crop rotation. The potato field is after harvest planted in the fall with rye or spelt to prevent erosion in the winter. The next year, after the grain is harvested, it is planted again with a cover crop mix and the following spring with a oats peas and barley mix (our chicken and pig feed) under seeded with alfalfa. Then the field grows grass for 4 to 5 years. After that it is plowed and we grow green peas (for processing into freezer product). Then we grow Rye and again potatoes. Alfalfa grass (hay) and cull potatoes are for our cattle who deliver our fertilizer, compost. The grain is for chickens and ducks who catch the flies around the farmyard and keep the grass of the lawn short along with the pony, my mobile lawnmower and packer. The cleanings from Rye and spelt is fed to the poultry and pigs too. The straw from the grains is needed for bedding for all livestock and turns into compost. Nothing goes to waste.

Protect Monarch butterflies, Barn swallows, Bobolinks and other songbirds? Yes you can!!!            Our old bank barn, built in 1845, has been home to 2 or 3 pairs of barn swallows every year.       A number of years back we put up nesting boxes for blue birds, tree swallows and other songbirds along or lane. In our pasture grows some milkweed for the monarchs and favorite nesting places for the bobolinks. Our system fencing and rotational grazing allows us to protect these areas till everyone is hatched and off to a good start. Bees and pollinators find plenty of food on wildflowers in the meadows from early spring till late fall.

Reassure humane animal handling? Yes you can!!!                                                                                            Thru breed selection and management strategy we have reduced complicated handling procedures. We also invested in a handling system, inspired by Temple Grandin’s guidelines, making any handling and loading easy and safe for animals and people.

Support efforts to reduce nitrates in our municipal drinking water?  Yes you can!!!                                At the corner of our home farm, there are 3 large Municipal wells and most of our farm is in the protected water recharge area. The land next to the well we are considering to retire and to plant an edible food forest instead, for permanent water protection. Our farming practices and low density livestock to our land base, only ¼ of the nitrate is applied, in a fixed form (compost) compared to common conventional farming, water soluble chemical fertilizers nitrate applications.

Encourage a young farmer to keep farming? Yes you can!!!                                                                        Thanks to our loyal customer base, asking for healthy trustworthy food, we could establish and farm the way we do over the past 20 years. We are a true family farm and our children always helped when needed and now grandchildren join in too. We are glad to see our youngest son now working fulltime on the farm to help us meet the growing demand for healthy food.

 

The content of the ECO starter box:

1 Glass honey

2 kg whole spelt flour,

3lb ground beef

4 lb beef roast

5 lb yellow potatoes

Total cost $66,-

 

 

 

Firewood, hardwood from our bush is available by the cord.