Plew Farm is dedicated to providing a local alternative to commercially produced factory food. We believe, as many others are starting to believe, that animals that are raised humanely on pasture are not only themselves healthier, but are better for you. Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, featured in the movie Food Inc. and the book Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollen states “Fat animals make fat people”. Our federally subsidized corn production system is geared towards factory farms centered far away from us in Vermont. At one time, not so long ago, pasture provided a majority of the food source for cattle, hogs and chickens. Hogs and cattle can receive most of their nutrition from pasture, chickens up to 30%. Since this requires less purchased feed there is less carbon input and less of a manure load on the land. This is not only better for the animals, it’s better for the environment. Simply put, healthy happy animals provide better nutrition for your family.
Why we aren’t “Certified Organic”? The process to become “Certified Organic” can take over three years. We feel it is much more important for our product to be local, natural and pasture based. Did you know that chickens raised in confinement and fed with “Certified Organic” feed are then “Certified Organic”? They are raised and processed in the same factory farms and low wage factory processing plants. The same is true with mass produced cattle and hogs. “Organic” has become just another label owned by big food like “Fresh” and “Healthy”.
Our farm is an open farm. Please stop by anytime to see our animals and facilities.