Farming Practices

We believe we're stewards of the land, and strive to provide fresh, healthy, chemical-free foods of the highest quality. Saddle Ridge proudly follows Joel Salatin’s practices of healing the land, rather than depleting it. We also use Greg Judy’s grass-fed grazing technique, which requires a daily rotation of livestock to fresh pasture, giving the grazed pasture a chance to rest. This promotes soil turnover, healthy re-growth, and a sustainable livestock farm.

That means you can purchase ethically raised food, promote healing and revitalizing the land, feed your family safe, quality food & support local farming and the local economy!

Why is pasture-raised better?

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Grass-Fed Beef Is

  • Lower in total fat
  • Higher in beta-carotene
  • Higher in vitamin E
  • Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
  • Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
  • Higher in total omega-3s
  • A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
  • Higher in CLA, a potential cancer fighter
  • Higher in vaccenic acid (which can be transformed into CLA)
  • Lower in the saturated fats linked with heart disease

*S.K. Duckett et al. Journal of Animal Science, (published online) June 2009, “Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: III. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin and cholesterol content.”

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Pastured Pork Is Higher In

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D (in the pork fat)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (improves heart health & reduces inflammation)
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Pastured Chicken Has More

  • Vitamin E
  • Omega-3 fatty acids 
  • Vital key nutrients

Pastured Eggs Contain

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 4 to 6 times more vitamin D
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids (heart healthy reduces inflammation)
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta-carotene

*Full results of the tests are available in the October/November 2007 issue of Mother Earth News.

 

Bonus - Clean Eating Gets You A Clean Conscience

Eating locally isn’t the only benefit to the environment. Our ecological farming practices are environmentally friendly for the planet, require less energy, lock carbon from the air into the soil, removing some greenhouse gases, enrich the soil with other nutrients which provides more nutrition to the plants, animals, and you, and keeps the waterways clean. We plan our grazing to maximize the beneficial impact on the whole farm.

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Bio-Dynamic Farming Methods

Biodynamic farming (biodynamics) is a holistic approach that considers the interrelationships of the animals, plants, and soil on the farm while working to create a self-sustaining, closed loop. This means the animals help fertilize the soil, then the enriched soil nourishes the plants, and the healthy plants feed the animals.

This approach allows the entire farm to live in an ecosystem where the animals, plants, and soil work together to produce products with better nutrition, quality, and flavor. By using natural preparations like compost, minerals, and herbs, we can restore the land to a healthy state, the key to nourishing food and improved human health.