Regenerative Agriculture is an approach to farm systems that aims to regenerate topsoil, increase biodiversity, improve water cycles, enhance ecosystems, support bio-sequestration, increase resilience to climate fluctuation, and strengthen the health and vitality of farm soil. Our commitment to continuous improvement of the health of our soil will help to ensure our farm continues to increase in productivity without the harmful practices and inputs required by conventional farming systems.
On Pastured Steps Family Farm we have a passion for animal welfare which speaks to the health, care, and physiology. As Joel Salitin would say, we honor the chickeness of the chicken, pigness of the pig, and cowness of the cow. For example, chickens thrive outdoors when they have space to roam on pasture, forage for grass and insects, take dust baths, and bask in the sun. When animals are treated in a responsible way, they are happy, healthy, and nutritious.
We produce foods apart from conventional industrial inputs and destructive farming practices. All of our animals are fed Organic feed which is also Non-GMO. Our pastures are never sprayed with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, and the like. We use only premium quality feeds that meet our standards to minimize the chances of contamination from all those potentially dangerous chemicals.
We never give our chickens any antibiotics or hormones. We have found that when chickens are raised on pasture in healthy conditions, those things are simply not necessary.
Our poultry are raised Chemical-free. This includes using only Certified Organic ingredients in our feed if they exist. In addition, poultry will consume grass, bugs, dirt, worms, and whatever else they scratch up on pasture. Our pastures are never treated with chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or synthetic fertilizers. Note: While we do our best to follow all Organic protocols, our farm does not currently carry an Organic certification and our poultry products are NOT Certified Organic.
Our chickens are fed a supplemental diet consisting of ingredients on Dr. Gundry's "Yes" list. Our special blend of feed is SOY-Free, Corn-Free, Wheat-Free and does NOT contain Peanuts, Peas, Lentils, Oats, Rice, Sunflower, or any of the other typical lectin heavy substitutes.
Our chickens spend their lives on pasture where they are free to eat bugs, grass, and take dust baths in the sun. They are housed in portable shelters that are moved to fresh pasture every day.