Overall Farm Practices




We cannot and do not claim to be organic. But, we have researched all our practices and feel that they are the best for our animals, the environment and our customers and ourselves. We are constantly researching ways to be better stewards of the land and our resources.  We work hard to bring delicious, nutritious food to our table...and your. We want our customers to have peace of mind when it comes to products from Homestead Hill Farm.



We do NOT use herbicides on our crops or pastureland. Weeds are controlled in the gardens with tillage and LOTS of handwork.  In the fields, the weeds add to the green nutrients for the animals.

We use natural fertilizers to supplement the soil, either commercial organic compost/fertilizer or compost produced here on the farm.







Our animals are raised on grass, but DO eat grain. We feel that this is imperative for their health and well-being.  It also allows us close contact with them on a daily basis to monitor health.  The feed is ONLY grain and a vitamin pack…no preservatives or any type of additives.  
                
 The grain is sourced locally. 

We supplement the sheep with a mineral formulated for our selenium deficient area along with kelp which provides micronutrients and a pre-biotic for immune health.  







Chickens range, scratch and eat greens on a regular basis.












Integrated Pest Management (IPM) allows us to control pests in the most economical and environmentally-conscious ways available.  

If left completely unprotected, there would be no crop. We occasionally use a low-toxicity, natural, plant-based formula in order to protect the crops from insects.  This is used MOST sparingly and NEVER close to harvest time.


looper caterpillar makes unprotected crop inedible
beautiful, healthy broccoli





















We are committed to providing nutritious, delicious food grown in the best way we know for our table and YOURS!










4 comments:

  1. I love the way you explained your practices without putting down any other way of doing it!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Katie! I don't think that there is just ONE right way to farm. Different situations require different solutions...and there's no reason to sound self-righteous about one's own practices or mean and disparaging about anyone else's.

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  2. Do you mind if I ask what the natural plant based formula is that use to control insects?

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    1. Pyrethrins are botanical insecticides derived from chrysanthemum flowers most commonly found in Australia and Africa. They work by altering nerve function, which causes paralysis in target insect pests, eventually resulting in death. The trade name is Pyreth-it.

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