1 x 4 lb (approximately) Free Range Roaster Chicken
This pastured chicken is as natural as it gets. No drugs, such as antibiotics or growth hormones are used in the rearing of these chickens. These chickens are raised happy in open pastures with a diet consisting of insects and garden scraps.
Raised locally & naturally by Ashley and Curtis at Ethos Farm.
We believe in producing a diverse variety of nutritious, delicious, and safe food. In order to do this we need to properly manage our agro-ecological environment. This includes the soil and all its insects and microorganisms, as well pest and beneficial insects, animals, and plants! The proper management of this system is called an integrated management system, and is a big part of a sustainable ecosystem. We DON’T SPRAY chemicals or use synthetic fertilizers. This is much different than conventional farming, and goes beyond organic, which still allows for harmful neurotoxins like Bt and Rotenone pesticides. Our animals are fed GMO-free feed and are seasonally free ranged.
As I said we implement a strategy called integrated pest management to reduce damage from harmful insects, weeds, and diseases. This means we use a variety of practices to keep pests in check and encourage beneficial flora and fauna, the metaphor of using many small tools rather than one big sledge hammer to do the job. So instead of synthetic pesticides to control insects and weeds, we use mulch and hand weeding to suppress unwanted plants; this also provides habitat for beneficial predators of harmful insects. We time our weeding appropriately to the crop’s critical weed free period (specific to the crop’s growth stage) weeding after this period is inefficient, as the yield is only affected an insignificant amount. We also perform daily inspections of plants to check for insect and disease damage, which helps determine if and when we need to implement a new practice, like row covers to prevent insects from eating plants. This is specific strategy for controlling Flea Beetles, and Cabbage Moths, both of which are particularly abundant in Manitoba due to the large Canola crop across the province. We are also experimenting with grazing our chickens in established crops to eat bugs, but not the plants. Another of our practices is trap cropping, planting a crop that distracts insects from your main crop.
Of all the parts of the agro-ecological system, the soil is by far the most important. Providing a healthy soil for our crops to grow is one of our highest priorities, the soil is where the plant gets all it nutrients, and ultimately passes them on to the humans or animals that eat them. Most conventional farmers completely deplete the soil of its nourishment, and only add the basic macro nutrients required by a plant, Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K), using the soil just like a sponge, only to hold nutrients before the plant uses them, and killing all microorganisms with pesticides. A healthy soil ecosystem requires billions of microorganisms and insects to repel disease and infestation by harmful insects. Minimizing tillage, maintaining soil cover (mulch/cover crops), using compost, returning plant residue, all help to maintain a healthy soil ecosystem with a full array of macro and micro (Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, and many others) nutrients; maintaining a proper soil structure, moisture content, drainage and habitat for microorganisms.
We are striving to grow as much of our veggies from organic seeds as possible, and eventually from as much of our own saved seed as we can. We are also trying to use as much open pollinated (breed true through continuous generations) and heirloom (very old lines of seed) varieties as possible, but due to market competition we are growing some hybrid varieties. We ABSOLUTELY do not grow any GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), we believe these to be an unsafe and unsustainable abuse to mother nature and are only meant to make biotech corporation money.