VVR Ethics

On Vernal Vibe Rise, I raise a variety of heritage animals within my beyond-organic Field and Forestâ„¢ intensive rotation system, and Vernal Vibe Rise also supports the growth of a variety of edible perennial plants and trees.

The animals that live with me on Vernal Vibe Rise teach me more each day about how they want their lives to be; they enjoy being outside and eating fresh grass, nuts, and roots at their leisure. The animals love the freedom to roam the pasture, rest under the shade of great oaks, and interact with one another as they choose. True perennial sustainability is my keen aim on Vernal Vibe Rise. As I dedicate my time and energy to provide these animals with everything that they need, they, in turn, offer their best gifts to you.

I use truly clean and natural animal husbandry methods, including intensive rotational grazing on beyond-organic pasture, to raise rare-breed, heritage pork (the delicious Ossabaw Island Hogs are my specialty) from farrow through finish. I also raise and sell American Chinchilla rabbit meat, Hog Island feral lamb, and eggs from Delaware heritage chickens, as well as beyond-organic perennial edibles, such as peaches, asparagus, herbs, and apples. I am able to assure customers of the quality and purity of Vernal Vibe Rise products because the animals and plants have lived their whole lives on my farm, under gentle and constant care.

At Vernal Vibe Rise, I believe that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have the potential to be dangerous and therefore I avoid them in my own diet and make the same clean choices for all of my livestock. This means that I have to make an extra effort to source supplemental feed for my pigs that is completely GMO-free. All supplemental feed for VVR poultry and rabbits is not only GMO-free, but entirely organically grown (and certified), as are the pastures from which VVR sheep and other livestock eat. These commitments mean additional expense and time, but I certainly believe it is worth it to know that VVR animals are healthy and that the meat I sell is clean. I choose to avoid artificial chemicals on my land and in my home. I do not use chemical methods to keep the animals free of worms and ticks; instead, I offer them garlic, black walnuts, and food-grade diatomaceous earth. Any supplemental feed, as noted above, is carefully chosen with an eye for quality, locality, and true nutrition. Similarly, the perennial fruits and vegetables that grow at VVR are never treated with any artificial pesticides or chemicals. I produce rich compost and manure for use on the pastures and gardens. Thus, the animals feed the plants just as the plants feed the animals.

I can speak with powerful assuredness about the quality of the Vernal Vibe Rise products that I sell, as the animals and plants that have offered up these foods were planted, born, and raised here on this farm. I spend every day of my life working with the plants and animals here, and what a blessing to do such work! Thank you for your interest in Vernal Vibe Rise methods and products.

3 thoughts on “VVR Ethics

  1. Linda Uihlein

    I am researching which Heritage breeds of milking cattle, beef cattle, sheep and pigs for my naturally kept farm west of Charlottesville, VA. No chemicals have been used since 1993 on my 72 acres. I would like to visit someday to see your operation and get more advice.
    Thank you for being natural and be safe,
    Little Owl Farm


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