We consider ourselves to be non-certified organic farmers employing many biodynamic principles. We feed our pigs and chickens from several sources. Firstly they get a mixture of our own grains, which do not meet human testing standards as well as cleanings from our milling and dehulling. Secondly, we supplement the protein of our grains by adding lots of sprouted barley mash from a local brewery.  Thirdly, we are also adding some powdered whey from a nearby dairy. Finally, we purchase some non GMO conventional complete ration to make up for all the other deficiencies from our other sources. One of the reasons we have the animals is to produce our own composted and well balanced manure for the grain fields.

By underseeding all our grains with double cut red clover after the third cultivation, we are able to keep nitrogen-fixating legumes in our crop rotation. We normally take off one cut of hay for the animals and cut two more times, leaving the second and third cuts for mulch (natural fertilizer).  From a predator point of view, we are able to raise chickens on pasture, because our dog seeks out predators outside the pasture and the workhorse scares away anything inside the pasture. His barking, and her galloping feet are enough to scare even the most chicken loving hungry predators away.