Entries in Farm Life (117)

Wednesday
Jun222011

Farm Visits

 

One of the things we have been doing as a family to prepare for transitioning to a life of farming is visiting farms that have similar farming models to our own.  It is very important to me that everyone in the family at least have a vision of what farm life could be like before we committed to  changing our entire lives in the pursuit of growing great food for our family and others.

One of the farms that we visited is Stony Ridge Farms in McClouth Kansas. Bernie Antes runs the farm and it is where we have bought our beef for several years.  He focuses on selling grass fed beef to customers direct from the butcher as halves and wholes.  

When we told Bernie we were considering starting a farm of our own, he was very open with sharing the positives and the negatives of his experience with farming.  Hearing this was very useful. Bernie even went a step further and invited us to come help process chickens with him. So that is what we did last weekend.  He raised 30 Buff Orpington chicks for us on his farm and then we went and helped process them.  It was a great learning experience to see how he did his setup from killing the birds, to scalding and plucking and finishing by eviserating and cleaning the carcass. 

I was amazed at Mr. Antes' openness and willingness to help us learn.  He has given a great amount of his valuable time talking with us about his expereinces with farming. I appreciated his generousity.

If you know of any natural sustainable farms in the Kansas City area that we should visit please let us know in the comments section below.

Thursday
Jun162011

Welcome to Kansas City's Newest Sustainable Farm

Howdy! Synergistic Acres is a new farm located near Kansas City that specializes in raising grass fed beef, pastured poultry, and free foraging pork -- or shall I say -- will focus on providing these to people around Kansas City.  That's because right now, Synergistic Acres is a farm not yet realized for the Hamons family.

We are in the process of wrapping up our comfortable suburban lifestyle and moving someplace where we can focus our attention on growing great nutritious and delicious food and sharing it with others.  This will be a major life change for our entire family as we learn how to be self-sufficient and wonderful shepherds of the land.  

Our ideas of what it means to be a farmer may be a little out of the ordinary.  We plan to raise pork, beef, and chicken on a relatively small amount of land by mimicking nature.  Through honoring the animals instincts and capitalizing on the natural systems already present in nature, we intend to harvest food while improving the land.  We will then deliver food directly to local families -- making the trip from pasture to plate as clean and short as possible.  

This is where the name Synergistic Acres comes from.  A synergistic relationship happens when the interaction of elements combine to produce total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.  In this case, by following natures model and using ruminates (cows), poultry (chickens) and foragers (pigs), we will be able to create a sustainable system of production on our farm.  In addition, synergy is created as local and sustainable food is grown and consumed.

This blog will chronicle our journey through this transition. We will share the good with the bad and the funny with the serious -- all with the hope that you will feel more connected with the food you eat each day.

 


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Synergistic Acres - 21733 Iliff Rd, Parker, KS 66072 - 913-735-4769
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