Pastured Meat CSA - Moomaw Family Farm
Started in 2013, the main farm in Oregon City is run by Nathan and Amanda Moomaw, along with help from our family, friends, and CSA members. We have also developed relationships with other small family farms in our area to help raise animals for our CSA.
Our animals are raised humanely and free-ranged outdoors year-round
Every decision made places the well-being of the animals as the top priority. Our animals live outdoors and are moved around the pastures using rotational grazing. When raised in this way, they are naturally happy and healthy, and a joy to work with. We spend time with our animals on a daily basis. In many ways, they're more like pampered pets than livestock, and their lives are stress-free from beginning to end.
No antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers
We closely manage our animals and land in a sustainably healthy way, so that we are not dependent on medications, poisons, or dangerous chemicals.
Healthy land, healthy animals
We support diverse and healthy pastures through the rotational grazing of our animals; and in turn the health of the animals is supported by being moved regularly. Additionally, we're planting hundreds of trees into our pastures, such as hazelnuts, apples, and service-berries. These trees will provide food and shade for the animals, as well as diverse habitat for wildlife and native pollinators.
Wildlife habitat combined with agriculture
By cultivating lush and diverse habitats on our farm, we can both produce food for people, and support increased biodiversity on the same pieces of land. We believe the marriage of farming and nature conservation is one of the best ways to achieve a truly sustainable future.
Soil is improved each year
Good soil is the foundation of a productive farm, a diverse ecosystem, and a stable climate. On our farms, biologically active soil is generated and held in place by grasses, plants, and trees. Animals grazing those plants return nutrients to the land, which furthers the health of the soil and plants in the pastures.
Minimal use of fossil fuels
Having animals outside on pasture year-round means we don't have to build, power, or heat/cool large buildings in which to house the animals, which means our energy and materials use is minuscule compared to most livestock operations. Our farm is also only 10 miles from Portland, which means our entire distribution chain from farm to eaters requires less than 1000 gallons of gas per year!
Significant carbon and nitrogen sequestration
Grazing animals on land with perennial grasses and trees is a remarkably effective way of pulling carbon out of the air. The fact that we raise all our animals outside on pasture combined with our minimal use of fossil fuels, means the meat we produce is almost certainly carbon negative.
Nathan has been intensively involved in food and agriculture since 2002. After a succinct career recording classical and jazz performances in Chicago, he began working on livestock and vegetable farms in southern Wisconsin; and found the work to be both more meaningful, and more suited to his nature. Nathan returned home to Oregon to start his own farm in 2012. He loves working with animals and nature to produce amazing food.
Amanda began helping out on her very first visit to the farm, and is now married to the farmer! Having grown up in Vermont with dairy farms in her family for generations, Amanda has a deep appreciation for local food and the importance of sustainable family-scale farms. With decades of experience working in culinary and nutrition services, she brings a wealth of knowledge about food and a tireless energy for getting things done.