The lambs are entirely pasture-fed from start to finish, which includes grass, leaves, twigs, moss, and acorns.
We exclusively raise Katahdin lambs. They are a hair breed of sheep that naturally shed their wool in the spring. They also have more mild-flavored meat than most wool breeds, which is why our members often say it's the best lamb they've ever tasted.
Baby chicks in the brooder. We keep them inside a warm shelter until they are feathered out and big enough to roam around the pasture. These guys are 2-3 days old.
Young chickens out for their first stroll on the pasture. They don't go far from their shelter the first day, but before long they'll be exploring everywhere.
Our first round of chicks are usually moved out to the pasture each April.
Unlike most farms, we don't use chicken tractors, which are basically outdoor cages. We raise our birds fully free range in what I like to call a Chicken Village, which we move every couple weeks to a new location on the pasture.
These pigs couldn't be happier running around and rooting for acorns under the large oak trees.
Here is a handful of native Oregon White Oak acorns. Not only do the pigs love eating acorns, but the acorns in their diet also improves the flavor of their meat!
Pigs enjoying a sunny early Spring day.
Pigs love to use their snouts to explore, and break apart, nearly everything in their environment. These old stumps are a great outlet for their behavioral needs.
I designed our rabbit shelters to support the needs and instincts of rabbits. In the wild they spend most of their time underground in their burrows and only come out to graze periodically, never straying far from their burrow entrance. Each shelter has a nest box and shade cover to allow the rabbits to feel protected and safe. Photo by Meaghin Kennedy
Young rabbit eating some white clover blossoms. The rabbit shelters allow the animals to graze outdoors, while providing protection from predators and the weather... the best of both worlds.
These mobile rabbit shelters are moved each day to a new patch of grass. You can see the patches that have been recently grazed in the background.
Large oak tree just starting to put on leaves in the Spring.
Camas is a native spring ephemeral related to hyacinth. They once bloomed in such abundance throughout the Willamette Valley that Lewis and Clark described Camas meadows as looking like large ponds of blue water from a distance. We farm in a way that promotes native species, rather than replacing them.
I'm setting up a new section of portable electric fencing. It serves a dual purpose of helping us manage grazing and also protecting the livestock from predators. Photo by Meaghin Kennedy
New little pigs are being introduced to the older pigs. After a couple days, I remove the fence that's in-between them and they become one big multi-generational herd.
A couple of big ole pigs snoozing in the grass.
In the summer heat, the animals pretty much exclusively stay in the shade of the trees during the day.