I’ve been slow to update: 2015 was so, so, so busy. But Spring 2016 is here! Another year and more changes. The flock is being downsized to allow more focus on the herbs and “Simpleherbals Teas for Wellness.’
A book on the teas, a pocket guide to these simple herbs that have been used traditionally, is almost finished and will be available at the markets and online.
As for the farm, it’s moved back to where I started–with a biodynamic approach. All herbs, greens and herbal teas, wildcrafted or cultivated, are Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), which is a non-government, non-profit alternative to the USDA organic certification. In addition to meeting all the standards for CNG, the approaches here follow biodynamic principles (I am a member of the US Biodynamic Association) which emphasize working with nature on many levels.
What is more holistic and sustainable than following the patterns of nature? Sometimes weeds are actually beneficial plants that are naturalized. Understanding that farms are natural systems and working with those systems–and within them–is good for both the environment and for human health–and human spirit.
For more on the herbs, please visit Simpleherbals.com. For more on biodynamic approaches, please visit the association’s url listed above.
For the birds, please read on!~
The poultry here are managed very traditionally! Here the hens free-range–true free range–and are fed a supplement of non gmo, non soy grains.
Birds are raised humanely from day 1 of life. The flock is managed bio-dynamically
What does this mean? Unlike typical pastured eggs, the hens are raised and allowed to range with cockerels, replicating a flock in nature. Birds don’t have their beaks trimmed or wings clipped. The cockerels protect the flock just as in nature, leading the birds in to roost at night. Birds make their own dustbaths (essential for their health) and get a varied diet of bugs and grasses, along with their supplement of grain.
Under biodynamic management, hens are allowed to go broody and to hatch out eggs, and raise their own chicks–making for a much healthier bird.
While birds raised this way don’t have the production levels of industrial farms, the flavor of the eggs are superior and are extremely nutrient dense–and the birds have a much better quality of life.
In 2016, Terembry Farm will be developing its flocks of Americaunas, Cuckoo Marans and Silver Phoenix.