Our Standards

Our Animals

  • Daytime (and nighttime for anyone who can fly, like Muscovy, or fend for themselves, like the cats)
    • Not just access, but actual life in the pasture to forage and eat whatever critters and bugs are suitable for their species
    • Access to clean, weather-appropriate shelter for their species, including shade
  • Nighttime (for ducks who can’t easily escape predators)
    • Safe, clean space, cleaned daily, suitable for the species at all stages of their lives.
    • Adequate space for the species (no overcrowding or intense confinement)
  • All times
    • Access to clean water and clean food bowls
    • Food-providing animals: Organic, Non-GMO, soy-free feed (New Country Organics) equivalent to their undomesticated equivalent (e.g., ducks eat corn in the wild, so their feed includes corn).
    • Predator and pest-control animals (the cats): outdoor diet supplemented with the best raw food we can afford

Our Plants/Produce

  • Organic pest control (e.g., diatomaceous earth)
  • Organic fertilizer (e.g., Espoma Garden-Tone)
  • Local or organic compost

Our Foods and Baked Goods

  • No soy (unless requested, like a soy-based cream cheese)
  • No corn (unless it’s, like, cornbread!)
  • Nothing artificial
  • No preservatives
  • No nitrates or nitrites
  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • No refined/white sugar
  • No fractionated oils/fats (we use butter, coconut oil, or olive oil)
  • No hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
  • No known irradiated foods
  • Unbleached flours
  • Organic or Non-GMO ingredients (if possible/available)

Our Food Equipment

  • No non-stick or aluminum surfaces touch the food (we use stainless, cast iron, or stoneware; we use paper liners if the item only comes in non-stick or aluminum, e.g., large muffin tins)
  • No aluminum foil (we use parchment, if needed)
  • Unbleached paper products, if needed (e.g., baking cups)