"Beyond Organic": Certified
This sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it? Well, here is
what it means to me. (By the way, we intended for this to take
effect before we start
sell it to the public on a large scale.) Oh, and if you are interested, here is my stand on the issue of "Organic."
We do not currently feed organic grain, it is too expensive to
use while we increase our numbers. We will consider it just for
the turkeys for next year.
"Beyond Organic" Cows, Sheep, and Goats eat only grass or hay, and they
are supplemented with salt and mineral blocks and have fresh water
within a ¼ mile.
Water containers are cleaned at least every 2 weeks. The animals
stay outside all year long, have shade trees available in the summer
(with branches trimmed to be above 15 feet), and wind breaks in
"Beyond Organic" Pigs are not ringed, they are encouraged
to root and do “pig
things.” They are fed on grass as well but are supplemented
with grain. They have as a minimum a 3-sided or hoop house for
adult pig and adequate shelter for piglets. These shelters are
well stocked with fresh straw and cleaned every two weeks. They
are outside on pasture all year long and can interact with other
pigs. They also have free choice access to all the yummy cow manure
they want. Salt blocks are available and fresh water is within
a ¼ mile; water containers are cleaned at least every 2
"Beyond Organic" Chickens have free choice layer mash, steam flaked
corn, and Flax seed. They have free choice to be on pasture. In
the winter they are housed in a coop where the hay is changed every
two weeks, it is semi heated and they have fresh water, the container
is cleaned very time it is filled. Also in the winter they have
free choice to roam and feed outside inside and outside of the
chicken yard. They are shut in at night. Roosts are provided as
are shaving-lined nesting boxes. Eggs are collected at least
once a day. Free choice oyster shells are available.
During the seasons other than winter, the chickens are
moved daily in our “Chicken
Tractors”—these are fenced-in areas that can be easily
moved so as to allow free choice access to fresh grass, manure,
worms, etc. Their food is supplemented with free choice feed and
oyster shells just as they are in the winter. Clean water is provided
in the same manner as in the winter.
We have recently become quite passionate about our chickens
and ask you to read more about "pastured
"Beyond Organic" Turkeys have free choice turkey grain, steam flaked corn
and flax seed, they also are housed much the same way as the chickens
are and have the same kind of “Turkey Tractor”. Clean
water is provided and the containers cleaned every time they are
As many of the animals and birds as possible are all in the same
pastures. This provides companionship, safety, protection and inter
species benefits (for instance, pigs eating cow manure stops the
spread of the cows' internal parasites; chickens eating fly larvae
manure helps reduce the number of horn flies).
Our Certification is not something that is issued by the USDA
or the Certified Humane people or anyone else. It is not something
that is purchased, it is not something that requires outside inspection,
it is also not something that is vague, un-enforced, misunderstood,
over used, not deserved. It is not meant to mislead for the purpose
of increasing the price per pound, nor is it intended to make you
think what you are buying something that you really aren’t.
It is our word, our reputation, our promise not only to the customer
but more importantly to our animals. We invite questions and will
give an honest answer, we invite call-ahead visitors and we welcome
testimonials both good and bad.
We stand behind our word.
Craig and Sheryl Floyd