SUSTAINABLE FARMING PRACTICES
For a healthy sustainable farm to operate successfully, healthy non-pesticide soil is used to ensure the best quality of produce. Tin Roof Ranch is environmentally friendly, organic, and sustainable. In addition to the numerous composting bathtubs, “chicken tractors” are used to fertilize the land. A chicken tractor is a pen housing broilers (chickens that will be used for meat) which is moved across the lawn throughout the day. While the chickens eat they fertilize the land, making a tidy closed loop. The egg-laying chickens rotate in and out of their chicken neighborhood that has houses, egg-laying nests, and two rooms full of fluffy dirt and wood chippings. Tin Roof Ranch produces organic, free range chickens and eggs for purchase at their local farmers’ market. These chickens live outside, are being treated humanely, and are allowed to fully express their nature as chickens because they can scratch in the earth for worms, bugs, and grubs to satisfy their natural need for animal protein. Other behaviors that pastured chickens are afforded is the ability to take dust baths to keep themselves clean, to socialize with their flock in uncrowded conditions, have fresh clean air to breathe and healthy sunshine for optimal health.
Currently our eggs are very nutrient dense, higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and lower in cholesterol than eggs produced in confined conditions. One of the reasons that our eggs are more nutrient dense is that our organic pastures are treated with compost tea four times a year. Compost Tea, in simplest terms, is extracting the biology from organic compost into a water solution, multiplied with molasses, humic acid, volcanic rock, greensand and so forth. The result is a micro-herd of protozoa and nematodes that feed on the bacteria and fungi produced together in the compost tea.