At Dinner Bell Farm, we grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit, as well as pastured eggs, chicken and pork. We strive to go beyond chemical-free to truly regenerative practices. We raise produce and livestock using only natural and sustainable practices that produce delicious, nutrient dense food while caring for the earth.
Our produce is always grown without the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. You can be assured that we are building healthy soils, caring for the watershed, and using natural practices which produce nutritient dense and delicious vegetables. Produce grown this way not only tastes better, but is better for you and the planet!
Our laying hens are all heritage breeds living on pasture. We move their coop every week to a fresh field. Their food is a non-GMO, high-grade ration which they supplement with lots of natural foraging and plenty of excess farm vegetables. Recent studies have found that real free-range eggs have less cholesterol and saturated fat, plus more vitamins A and E, beta carotene and polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. You will find the eggs exceptional in flavor with deep golden yolks indicating high nutrition.
Our heritage-breed hogs are known for their exceptional flavor, juicy meat, and great marbling. We raise our hogs outdoors in our pasture edges and forest where they have free range to roam, root, wallow and play. We rotate the herd every week so that they are always on fresh land and have access to plentiful forage to supplement their non-GMO feed.
Free ranging pork contains higher concentrations of beneficial fatty acids and there are no antibiotics or growth stimulators. Pork from pigs raised with sun, fresh air, lots of room to root and ramble, non-GMO feed, as well as a peaceful ending, is night and day different to the sad, dry, white factory-farm pork in the grocery stores.
What does pasture-raised mean and why should I care? Good question!
It's better for the animals: Industrialized animal agriculture made meat production efficient, inexpensive, and consistent - and cruel and bland. Chickens are meant to scratch and peck and are healthier in sunshine and fresh air, moving their bodies naturally across good pastures.
It's better for the land: In pasture-raised systems there are no hog waste lagoons, no factory chicken waste, no run-off and pollution of our natural water sheds.
It's better for our communities: Rural America was devastated by the effects of industrial agriculture. Pasture-raised production systems are part of a change that puts this thoughtful labor back into agriculture and preserves the farmland we all love. And dollars spent locally, recirculate locally, improving our local economy.
It's better for the people: Industrial meat production has been faulted for creating low-wage, unsafe jobs that require constant repetitive actions, which lead to multiple health and safety issues for the employees (and our food chain).
It's better for you: Pasture-raised proteins are now being used in preventive healthcare and in treatment plans for illnesses. It’s time to realize that nutritious food truly is medicine.
It's delicious! Oh my, you don't have to take my word for it - try it! .