We get our lamb from Soil Farms Lamb because they hold many of the same values as Tara Firma Farms. Below is a write up from Soil Farms about their lamb.
Our flock of Katahdin and Dorper sheep is our proudest enterprise on the farm. Most lamb produced on the market comes from sheep that have been bred to have a dual-purpose of wool production. Wool sheep produce an unpleasant tasting oil called lanolin, which is responsible for the “lamby or gamey” flavor of most lamb meat. Our sheep shed their wool each year naturally rather than being sheered, and don’t produce lanolin, so the meat maintains superior flavor.
o The sheep are rotationally grazed in small paddocks to ensure fresh pasture supply on a daily basis.
o Our sheep receive supplemental salt, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, dietary kelp, additional minerals, electrolytes, and probiotics to maintain maximum animal health.
o We lamb once a year in the Spring, allowing our ewes a full year of rest, and have lambs available in the fall/winter season.
“Quality food is produced with quality soil.”
Our Vision- Here at SOIL FARMS we work hard to maintain a holistic approach to farming by…
- Farming in a manner that improves soil and ecosystem health using sustainable methods that attempt to mimic natural ecosystem processes.
- Providing the highest quality pasture-raised meats, seasonal produce, and veritable preserves to our local community.
- Developing strong relationships in our farming network to ensure a stable local food environment.
Our Farm – West Sonoma County is about as ideal a place to farm on the planet. With coastal climate patterns, plenty of sunny days, and good people; we are living in paradise. SOIL FARMS is located at 1296 Barlow Lane just outside of the town of Sebastopol, California…stop by anytime to check us out!
With its roots in the emerging biological agriculture industry, SOIL FARMS implements beyond organic methods for fertilizing, pest control, disease suppression, and animal care. Within the last 20 years, scientists have discovered the microscope technique that allows us to view and identify soil microorganisms. This is a truly monumental finding that provides one of the tools needed to substantiate the natural farming practices of applying composts, organic materials containing nutrients and minerals, and biological pest control. What we have found is that microscopic organisms in the soil and on the plant surface are responsible for maintaining overall plant health. It is now an undeniable fact that bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes are the workforce in our ecosystem that cycle nutrients from the soil to the plant, suppress disease and pest impact, decompose litter material and sequester the carbon as soil humus. For thousands of years our ancestors have successfully cultivated crops without a need for chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We are now able to prove why their techniques of animal fertilization, crop rotations, diverse species plantings, and natural pest and disease suppression have been and will continue to be productive. SOIL FARMS manages all of its farm systems with the microbes in mind, and we test our soils annually to document the increased microbial biomass and other soil health indicators such as organic matter, cation exchange capacity, and nutrient and mineral levels.
o Rotational Grazing
SOIL FARMS utilizes holistic planned grazing principles that emphasize the strategic use of animal impact, natural herding patterns, and land rest. Our animals are our lawn mowers and fertilizer spreaders, providing a valuable service to farm. When animals move through a landscape their manure, urine, hoof impact, and plant disturbance revives the ecosystem and prepares it for vigorous new growth. We are careful not to overgraze our land, as pasture and soil health are our farm’s most valuable resources. Our grazing patterns mimic natural herd behavior. In the wild, herds of herbivores would move constantly to and stay relatively tight-packed due to fear of predation. SOIL FARMS uses temporary net fencing to create small paddocks that are rotated frequently to recreate this tight herd formation and regular movement. By keeping the animals in a small area, we are able to rotate our herd through numerous paddocks before returning to our original paddock. The first paddock is able to rest for months before being re-grazed, allowing it time to recover to lush pasture. In this manner, we are able to provide our livestock with fresh grass every day.
o Highest Food Quality
Recognizing that high quality food comes from high quality soil, the SOIL FARMS food standard starts with our farm’s soil management practices.
Pasture-raised meats have a plethora of nutritional health benefits. Compared to commercial confinement grain-finished meats, they offer more “good” fats and fewer “bad” fats, they are more rich in antioxidants, and do not contain traces of added hormones or antibiotics. “Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids tan meat from grain-fed animals. Omega-3s are called “good fats” because they play a vital role in every cell and system in the human body”. At SOIL FARMS, all of our meat is pasture-raised.
We strive to provide all animal needs such as clean water, fresh pasture, mineral supplements, and aim to maintain a natural low-stress environment for all of our livestock. Our commitment is that we are doing everything within our power to ensure that the meat you purchase from us is clean, healthy and humanely processed. For your safety, we process all meat to be sold in a USDA inspected facility.
Our beyond-organic produce enterprise is currently centered around our 30 year old apple orchard. We harvest the apples from late August through early November, and have fresh apples, pressed juice, and other apple goodies available. We are working to revive the old and tired trees, while integrating a variety of edible perennial plantings. We also have seasonal produce from our raised bed gardens including but not limited to beets, onions, kale, lettuce, berries, squash, tomatoes, and basil.
- Our Principles
o We use no chemical fertilizers or pesticides
o We use no hormones or artificial growth enhancers
o We use no antibiotics for animals to be consumed as meat
o Our livestock are humanely raised, always on pasture, only onsite at our farm.