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certified organic pork, lard, chickens, beef, tallow, turkeys, eggs, vegetables, fruit, flowers |
We are an organic family farm located in Barre, MA. The farm has was started in 1982, with farm work centered around family labor, and has been selling to the public since 1985. We have been certified organic since 1987 and are currently certified by Baystate Organic Certifiers. We have a vegetable CSA operating over 22 weeks in the summer and 4 weeks in late fall. We also sell to Living Earth in Worcester and Insight Meditation Society in Barre. In addition to vegetables, flowers, and fruit we raise certified organic pastured chickens, turkeys, pork and beef. We render the fat from our pigs and cows and sell frozen lard and tallow. Along with being certified organic we have focused on farming practices that increase soil carbon, including reduced tillage (we aim to go no-till in 2017!), mobstocking pasture management, farm-made fungal composts and amendments, cover cropping, living green pathways between vegetable beds, and use of heavy mulches and woodchips (to name a few). We aim for the highest level of fertility, animal health, and nutrient dense crops. The results are seen in the quality of our produce with exceptional flavor, color, texture, and extended "shelf-life". Animals are healthy and the meat we raise is the tastiest on the market.
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Our breakfast sausage is made with certified organic spices and Celtic sea salt. Hams and bacon are processed at Vermont Smoke and Cure, the process is not certified organic. Spices, salt, and maples syrup are used in the curing/smoking process. We are very happy with their product. Lard is made with fatback and leaf lard from our pigs and tallow is made from fat from our cows, no other ingredients. We make comfrey salve, which is sold in 2 oz jars. Salve is made with organic olive oil, dried comfrey from Many Hands, lavender oil, and organic beeswax.
Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
We use no chemical fertilizers, insecticides, or herbicides at Many Hands Organic Farm and our animals are not given antibiotics or hormones. Our animals are fed organic grain from Nature's Best and make use of as much range as is possible. Our pigs are moved to a new area about every 1-2 weeks. This year they are doing the work of clearing land between an orchard and the woods, exposing an old stone wall and increasing pasture for next season. They are fed organic whey from a local dairy, certified organic grain, and vegetable scraps from the field. Chickens and turkeys are moved to new grass daily. The laying hens eat sprouted grain and soaked grain. Our cows are certified organic this year. They are also moved daily to new pasture and will be supplemented with hay from our fields in the late fall. We have an active plan to build soil fertility on the farm, both in fields used for vegetable production and in our pastures. This includes animal rotations, mineralization and foliar applications of biological innoculants. The end result is a highly fertile soil with pasture grasses of high nutritional content which means healthy and tasty animals and vegetables.
Through our Many Hands Sustainability Center we provide workshops to the public both on farm and elsewhere. We welcome visitors to come and work and learn We host school and college groups. Additionally we work with recovering ex-offenders through farm apprenticeships and full employment in some instances.
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