|One of Our Little Royal's Fans|
My husband, who I affectionately refer to as Farmer Chad, has taught me many things and has worked to overcome many of my foibles from childhood. Including sports knowledge. He has transformed me into a huge football fan, convinced me that March Madness is the best thing ever and, with a little help from a much-improved baseball team, completed the trifecta of sucking me in to baseball last season. At one point last fall I found myself immersed in a conversation about baseball with someone, spouting facts and talking stats and thought, "Holy Cow! Is this even me? I sound like (gasp), an EXPERT!"
Everyone in KC became a baseball expert last year. I think we all found ourselves in conversations where we probably really didn't know exactly what we were saying but were comfortably using buzz words and statistics that we had heard from the sporting pundits. We find ourselves in an age of experts. With the increase of information at our fingertips through the Internet, TV, live streaming and the endless juicy morsels we all toss around like proven facts on various social media outlets truth gets a little bit blurred and sometimes we need to figure out who the real "experts" are.
We find ourselves, as farmers, in a place where we have to answer a lot of questions about our products. What are they fed? Where are they kept? Are the chickens free-range? Antibiotic free? Hormone free? Grass fed? Grain fed? We've worked to learn and understand the debates that rage about GMO's and medications, grain fed vs grass fed, etc. Through our research we've learned one thing - it really is going to come down to personal preference. I can site research to support any opinion or stance, for or against. I also know that any facts I share most likely won't change anyone's mind.
The great part about our country is that there are customers for every business. If you prefer organic, there are farmers that will do that. If you prefer non-GMO, there are farmers that do that. If price is your determining factor, there's Wal-mart for that. What we can provide is that link to local. You can come visit the farm. You can ask questions about what the animals eat and about our animal health plans.
|The Sheep Whisperer|
You can see how the animals live, check out their feed - heck, you can even feed them if you want! Sweetly serenade them, brush them, tell them your life story - they like company and can keep secrets really well. Instead of putting buzz words and labels on our food that might be misconstrued or interpreted in different ways, we prefer to allow you to come see it for yourself.
|King of the Hay Pile|