Every Monday is Member Photo Monday where we feature a member photo on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is proud of our members, and we take great pleasure in highlighting their operations and the awesome work they are conducting in sustainable farming, animal husbandry, artisanal production, and homesteading. See below for a roundup of September’s member photos!
Growing up raising a menagerie of animals including chickens, ducks, and geese on 30 acres in Scottsville, New York may have been what sparked the interest in farming for Kate as a young girl. In the Fall of 2015, Kate decided to make a full time go of farming and expanded her flock of poultry, as well as adding sheep, pigs, and rabbits. 2016 proved to be a successful first year of production, selling out of her pastured poultry, pork, and free-range eggs to local customers. During the early Spring of 2017, The Farmette moved from its location in Scottsville to Dansville, NY. Kate loves being able to provide clean, farm-fresh meat to her local community and creating relationships with her customers.
EdenSong produces nutrient-dense wheatgrass and other beyond organic products in North Carolina. EdenSong owner Paula Hall ferments the soil with probiotic bacteria which helps her wheatgrass test at 7 Brix level while most indoor-grown wheatgrass tests at only 3. Paula also starts seeds of hard-to-find species, such as the beebalm pictured here, for the pollinators like hummingbird bees to feast upon.
The mission of RKS Farms in Silverton, Oregon is to produce quality products that will help families live a healthier lifestyle. At RKS Farms, Kristi and Rick raise and care for their animals in a sustainable and eco-friendly environment. They take pride in raising the best breeds that produce the highest quality products, including Alpine and La Mancha dairy goats, Black Angus Beef cattle, and Berkshire pigs. RKS Farms wants to help feed your family—from their farm to your table; they are committed to providing you with the very best.
Timshel Permaculture is a three-hundred-acre regenerative permaculture farm focused on fostering ecologically harmonic, diverse, purposeful, natural, and life-abundant systems. Timshel believes in multispecies, mob-stalked, leader-follower, and holistic grazing systems based on nature’s observed patterns and founded on soil health, microbial diversity, and regenerative management. They do not provide or use any hormones, fertilizers, antibiotics, vaccinations, medications, synthetic vitamins, appetite stimulants, injections, irradiations, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or chlorine baths on their land or animals.
Running Drum Ranch
Mike and Hannah Evans, owners of Running Drum Ranch, originally started their dairy goat journey with a few Mini Nubians for their family’s milk consumption. They quickly realized not only was raw milk better for them, but how much they thoroughly enjoyed Mini Nubians and their beautiful personalities. Running Drum Ranch now runs a goat herdshare operation in Nebraska and seeks to improve milk production, udder soundness, and proper teat length for hand milking, all while maintaining breed standard in size, ears, and noses. The Evans also keep various poultry like these geese pictured below.
Thank you to all of our wonderful members! We are membership-based and couldn’t do the work we do without you! Learn more about membership here.
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YOUR FUND AT WORK
Services provided by FTCLDF go beyond legal representation for members in court cases.
Educational and policy work also provide an avenue for FTCLDF to build grassroots activism to create the most favorable regulatory climate possible. In addition to advising on bill language, FTCLDF supports favorable legislation via action alerts and social media outreach.