Pump Branch Farm
We have recently secured Non-GMO all natural feed for our broilers, layers, and pigs and will be feeding this exclusively along with all the grass our animals can eat! We are continuously looking for local sourced non-GMO grain. To date we have not been able to source this in state.
Absolutely! We want to work with you to make sure that you are happy with the food from our farm. We strive to produce a great product and provide all of the information you need to have a wonderful eating experience. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase we will arrange a refund on all unused product.
Grass-fed refers to what an animal eats (grass) and pasture-raised refers to where an animal eats (on a pasture).
Most grass-fed animals are pasture-raised but not all pasture-raised animals are grass-fed.
We have, in the past, been asked about grass-fed chicken. Our chickens are pasture-raised and not grass-fed. Chickens and pigs are opportunistic monogatrics (single chambered stomach). They will eat a variety of foods (including a little bit of grass) but do not digest cellulose like a ruminant (cows, sheep, goats) and do require supplemental feed (grain). Pastured animals live on pasture but are not necessarily grass-fed. Grass-fed refers to a ruminant that eats its natural diet of forage/grasses. There are various types of grasses that are used for feeding and finishing grass-fed animals. Both perennial and annual grasses, including many cereal grasses are used. In a grass feeding system, these crops are fed before the flowering stage (as green grass with no grain).
On the farm we raise pasture raised poultry and pork.
Often people ask us if we are “Organic” or “Certified Organic”. No. We are not Certified Organic.
There are many farmers that do not use pesticides or herbicides in their farming that are not Certified Organic. Our main objective is to produce healthy, naturally reared animals and support local producers (both Certified Organic and non-Certified Organic). We aim to source non-chemically treated ingredients from neighbors and friends regardless of their certification status. Certification can be prohibitive and is not necessarily a good indicator of how sustainable a farm is.
We realize that people want to eat food that is not treated with synthetic chemicals or pharmaceuticals. We feel the same way about our food. We want to produce food that is good for your health and the health of your family. We want to produce food that is good for soil health and the environment. We use a systems ecology approach, Holistic Management and planned grazing on pasture to produce food that takes more than certification into consideration.
If an animal must be treated with antibiotics for humane reasons they will not be sold as food.
You are welcome to come and visit the farm. As part of building a food community we ask you to be the judge.