Check out where your food comes from! Here are links to our farms that we proudly carry as part of our product line. We have also included their farming practices in a Survey that the farmers have filled out themselves.
What year were you established: 2011
Specific Breed of Animal?: Cornish Cross Meat Chickens, Blue Butt Hogs (Mostly York/Hampshire Cross), Black Angus Beef Cattle
Organic(certified or organic practices)?:We are not certified organic but we use beyond organic practices. We do not use any chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or antibiotics or pharmaceuticals. We focus on natural health for our soils and animals not artificial fixes and chemical crutches.
100% Grass-Fed?: 100% Grass fed beef (raised on diverse pasture mix with hay during winter), Chicken raised on pasture moved daily (4 to 8 weeks old), Hogs raised in multi-species forest)
Where does your feed come from?:We grind our own feed and source most of ingredients directly from local farmers. This allows us to have better control over the quality and freshness of the feed and build stronger ties in the local food economy.
Non-GMO?: Yes. We do not use any GMO ingredients. We do this by not using high risk ingredients like soy and canola and only use organic/transition corn.
Soy Free?: Yes. All our feed & products are soy free.
Antibiotics used?: N/A
If yes, how long do the animals with antibiotics used stay out of the milking process or quarantined from the other part of the herd?: We do not use antibiotics in raising our poultry, pork or beef. On rare occasions we will use antibiotics on sick or injured beef which are then separated and not sold.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals?: Stress is primarily caused by having high animal density, unsanitary conditions or mishandling of animals. We pasture our animals and always give them liberal space. With fresh air and fresh pasture to eat and sleep on our animals have no issues with stress or sanitation. We practice low-stress handling and moving techniques that work with our animals natural tendencies.
Any type of technology used that differs from a normal farm?: Our animals constantly move to fresh fields, forests or pastures. All our equipment is on wheels or skids and is portable. We are not stuck in one place with concrete yards like most farms. This is better for our animals' health as well as our soil. We don't have disease build up or bare areas around the animals housing, feeders or waters.
Free Range?: We are even better than free range. Free range only means access to outdoors usually from stationary housing. We pasture all our animals so that they continually moving to fresh new areas and green fields.
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently?: Transparency. We believe that it's important for customers to know where their food comes from and who grew it. We offer farm tours through out the growing season so that you can come and see that we care about our animals' health and environment.
What year were you established?: We have been a licensed raw milk dairy since 2006.
Specific Breed of Animal:100% purebred registered Jersey cattle
Organic(certified or organic practices)?: While not certified our pasture is treated as organic with liquid manure as the only source of fertilizer. We try to balance organic practices with affordability to serve the demands of consumers.
100% Grass-Fed?: We practice rotational grazing weather permitting (about 7 months a year on pasture) and feed alfalfa in the winter months. A light corn and soy free grain ration is fed in the milking parlor.
If not 100% Grass-fed, what type of feed by approximate percentage(please include each season if it differs)?: We feed approximately 10lbs of grain per cow each day, the rest of the diet is compromised of pasture during the summer or alfalfa in the winter months.
Where does your feed come from?: Hay comes from Leitz Hay Company, sourced from multiple farms throughout Eastern Washington. Our grain is made by Conway Feed in Conway, WA. Conway feed is an antibiotic free facility.
Non-GMO?: Our pasture and purchased hay is Non-GMO, our grain is corn and soy free to reduce GMO potentials, but the facility is not certified GMO free. They work with us and their suppliers to source our ration as GMO free and natural as possible.
Soy Free?: Yes
Antibiotics used?: We use antibiotics sparingly and on an individual basis when the health of an animal is jeopardized.
If yes, how long do the animals with antibiotics used stay out of the milking process or quarantined from the other part of the herd?: It varies, we follow the withdrawal protocol as prescribed on the medication.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals?: While in the barn the cows have access to an automated rotary brush for self grooming, and they rest on thick mattresses with a combination of rubber and memory foam that are designed to replicate the comfort of pasture. We continually strive to make the lives of our animals more comfortable. This low stress lifestyle means healthier animals and better quality milk.
Any type of technology used that differs from a normal farm?: We have a 72 panel solar photovoltaic array offsetting our energy consumption. We have a fully automated flush system that cleans each alley in the barn 6 times per day, resulting in the cows spending less time in the holding pen and leaving more time for eating, resting, and socializing.
If not A2, approximate percentage of A2?: Our milk is over 85% A2 beta casein protein. We have been breeding exclusively for several years and anticipate converting to 100% A2 in the next couple years.
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently?: We’re a woman owned, veteran owned, 2nd generation raw milk dairy. We practice the most clean and sanitary conditions from the milking parlor to our consumers. We eat and drink what we produce and are proud to be a provider of this high quality natural food throughout Western Washington.
Our farmland has been preserved into perpetuity by a 2008 conservation easement held by the North Olympic Land Trust. This easement makes us think differently about our land and ensuring its use is available to future generations. Our rapid growth since converting to raw milk in 2006 has allowed opportunities to rebuild the infrastructure of our farm with a focus on efficiency, animal health and comfort, as well as being socially and environmentally responsible. We look to examples of biomimicry- emulating sustainable systems in the natural environment to improve our processes. Whenever possible, the outputs of one process become inputs for another; just like sustainable systems in nature. Examples include our fully automated manure flush system which uses reclaimed wash water from our production and processing operations to flush the barn every hour. The system separates dairy manure fibers- which are sold to local garden enthusiasts, and the remaining liquid is the only source of fertilizer used to maintain our pasture. Surplus liquid manure is sent to a neighboring organic produce farm to aid in soil fertility while leftover milk and skim from our bottling plant is sent to a neighboring pig farm. Nothing goes to waste.
What year were you established?: 2010
Specific Breed of Animal?: Hereford x Berkshire
Organic(certified or organic practices)?: WSDA Certified Organic pastures
100% Grass-Fed?: 100% pasture raised.
if 100%, what types of grass?: clover cover crops
If not 100% Grass-fed, what type of feed by approximate percentage(please include each season if it differs)?: free choice barley wheat blend feed.
Where does your feed come from?: Conway feed.
Soy Free?: no
Antibiotics used?: Not in the butcher animals. Only in sick breed stock, which is very rare.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals?: deep bedding in wood chips in winter housing.
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently?: Nutrient management through composting for sustainability low environmental impact.
What year were you established: 1980
Specific Breed of Animal: Alpine, Saanen & LaMancha Dairy Goats
Organic(certified or organic practices): NA
100% Grass-Fed: Certified Grass Fed by A Greener World
if 100%, what types of grass: Mixed Pasture and weeds along with alfalfa hay.
If not 100% Grass-fed, what type of feed by approximate percentage(please include each season if it differs):
Where does your feed come from: Grown on Farm
Soy Free: Yes
Antibiotics used?: Only in emergency cases to save lives.
If yes, how long do the animals with antibiotics used stay out of the milking process or quarantined from the other part of the herd: Two times the label suggestion/requirement.
What type of things do you do to create a low-stress environment for your animals: Provide spacious living quarters with fresh water and food.
Any type of technology used that differs from a normal farm: Our milking parlor was built specifically for our goats with comfort on the animals in mind. We have rubber mats for them to stand on while being milked and we have toys for them to play with in the pasture. Because Goats just wanna have fun!
A2: All Goat Milk is A2. With that in mind not all goat milk is best suited for drinking. We have purchased our males to test for this gene specifically so that we will continue to produce animals that will produce the best milk for those who cannot drink cow’s milk.
Free Range: Yes
Anything else you can tell us about what you do specifically on your farm that makes you stand out or that you do differently?:
We are the only Certified Grass Fed Goat Dairy in WA offering fluid milk for the sole purpose of helping those who can’t tolerate traditional dairy products.. We are also certified by A Greener World as Animal Welfare Approved and 100% Grass Fed.