Growing Practices

We have one of the best locations in Illinois for our organic farm – surrounded by thick timber with high elevation to keep our watershed clean.  Thankfully for our food and family’s health, we are well protected from the threat of conventional agriculture.

We are committed to raising plants and animals without pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO’s or animal confinement.

We believe our chickens, pigs and beef should all have access to forage and be allowed to live a life as close to the earth with as little stress as possible.

Although there are plenty of people who want you to think eating food sprayed with pesticides is completely normal, we don’t buy it.

Pesticides should NOT be a part of our diet or environment.  Not for you, not for our family.

That’s why we keep it clean at Broad Branch Farm.

 

Broad Branch Farm uses the following Certified Organic practices:

 

Certified Organic Beef and Pastures – Our Grassfed Beef and pastures are Certified Organic by Global Organic Alliance.

 

 

Certified Organic Feed – We only use Certified Organic Feed for our chickens and pigs. This assures you there are NO pesticides, NO GMO’s and no cheap inputs or industrial by-products in the feed. It’s real and it’s Certified Organic.

 

Certified Organic Hay and Forage – Only Certified Organic Hay and Certified Organic Pasture for our livestock.

 

Vegetables without Pesticides

Our vegetables are grown without pesticides, GMO’s and outside inputs that could jeopardize raising our vegetables according to organic standards (no municipal yard waste).  Our vegetables are harvested fresh and delivered to your family through our Vegetable CSA from June – November AND through our Online Farm Store when available.

 

Pastured Chickens for Meat and Eggs

We raise Freedom Ranger meat chickens and multiple laying hen breeds from 2 day old chicks.   All our chickens are raised on Certified Organic grain, Certified Organic pasture and Certified Organic hay in the winter months.  NO growth hormones, NO antibiotics, NO GMO’s.  Beaks are never clipped on any of our chickens so they can aggressively harvest pasture.   We raise both both female and male chickens (roosters and hens).    BBF Eggs and Chicken have a dedicated following and are available through CSA Shares and Online Farm Store.

 

 

Certified Organic Grassfed Grass Finished Beef

The beef calves are 100% Grassfed and Grass Finished only and NEVER receive grain.  Grassfed beef calves live a healthy life and produce meat that is more nutritious than confined feedlot beef.  We raise our calves from birth.  Mother and calf stay together  and there is no limit on contact with each other or nursing.   NO antibiotics, NO growth hormones.  Certified Organic Hay is provided in abundance during the winter months.  It takes 2+ years to finish our beef calves on grass giving our beef excellent texture and outstanding depth of flavor.

Our Certified Organic Grassfed Beef is available through our Meat CSA or our Online Farm Store.

 

Pastured Hogs

Our hogs are raised on Certified Organic pasture and receive a Certified Organic grain ration.  NO antibiotics, NO growth hormones, NO GMO’s, no clipping or removing tails, teeth, testicles or ear clipping.

Our sows are not confined when they farrow.  They are allowed to move freely and piglets will stay with their mama and nurse for 4-5 weeks.  We do not castrate our young male piglets so they do not endure the stress and pain of the procedure at just a few days old.   Our pigs are allowed to root and romp, play and run. We never ring their noses to prevent them from rooting.  Hogs want to graze plants just as much, and maybe more, than their grain ration.

BBF Pork is available through our Meat CSA program or our Online Farm Store.

 

Susannah’s Flowers

Susannah grows pesticide free flowers and herbs for her bouquets.  You’ll also find wild harvested materials like seed pods, grasses, grain sprigs, evergreen stems and wild flowers.   No chemicals are ever used on any plant material used in Susannah’s bouquets.   These are fragrant, old fashioned beautiful bouquets.

Available seasonally through our Online Farm Store.

 

Laura’s Herbs

With our move to the new farm, another herb garden had to be planted.   With a little help from her family, Laura has established a culinary herb garden planted with Certified Organic herb plants.   No pesticides are ever used on Laura’s herbs.   Laura harvests her herbs the day before each Home Delivery so they are absolutely fresh and pungent.

Laura’s Herbs are available seasonally through our Online Farm Store.


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