All of the farms in our buying club are authentic Amish farms that follow similar, thoughtful, and sustainable farming practices. Here are some things all of our farms have in common:
RAW: Our real milk contains all the fat, and has not been processed in any way. It is raw and non-homogenized.
GRASS-FED: Our milking cows as well as our cows, goats, and lamb for meat are 100% grass-fed. They eat fresh grass in the pasture and hay enriched with organic nutrients in the barn. Our goal is to raise the healthiest animals possible.
PASTURED: All of our animals have access to ample pasture to graze and play in.
LOCAL: In addition to the dairy products from our farm, the buying club also offers a variety of products sourced from fellow Amish farms with similar farming practices.
ORGANICALLY-GROWN: All of the farms that we work with are “more than organic” and truly keep the health of the earth in mind. Miller’s Biodiversity Farm has not been touched by chemicals in over fifteen years, and the neighboring farms we work with practice with similar values. All of our products are all-natural, chemical-free, and GMO-free. We take pride in providing you and your family with nutrient-dense, real food.
A Peek Into Our In-House Operation
Our cow dairy farmer at Miller’s Biodiversity Farm abides by specific practices for grazing management and truly follows the lead of his cows. He watches how often they get sick, if they are walking properly, if they are eating enough, how much milk each cow produces, and how “happy” they generally are. He understands that happy, healthy cows produce more milk of better quality. In order to have the happiest, healthiest cows, he must ensure that they are well fed and exercised.
The farmer follows a grazing system with variable recovery period. This means that cattle are only moved to a new paddock when it has fully regrown, allowing for plants to fully develop their nutrient content. Recovery periods for a pasture are not pre-planned. Instead, they are based on nature and however long it takes for a field to regrow and be fully mature. When seasonally possible, cattle are fed on fresh pasture after each milking or at least twice a day. They are moved at least every 3 days.
The farmer strongly believes in biodiversity and nutrient-rich soil. His fields are a diverse mix of several grass species as well as several legume and forb species. Forbs may include chicory, dandelion, and plantain. This variety of plants coupled with adequate time to regrow allow for complex soil and plants packed with minerals and nutrients. The farmer’s dense pasture also make it easier for the livestock to get a full mouthful in each bite.
Good grazing management is a win-win system for the plants and livestock. The plants do best with short periods of grazing and long regrowth periods. The livestock do best with short periods of grazing in each area and do best when the plants have had enough time to regrow. Following these principles lead to environmental benefits, farm profitability, and high nutritional content.