Green Goose Farm
We are a small family farm, raising pastured, grass-fed, grass-finished animals for the local community. The animals are raised in idyllic conditions, stress-free, and with the highest nutrition. For those who choose to include meat in their diet, our farming practices provide a level of quality not found in any grocery store. We provide animal protein that is actually good for you, and can serve to improve the health of your family.
We raise heritage breed animals, both for their ability to thrive on pasture, and for the preservation and improvement of their genetic heritage.
Green Goose Farm is located just outside Petaluma, in the bucolic rolling hills of Sonoma County. The land is comprised of ten gently sloping acres, which include groves of Eucalyptus and Oak, wild blackberry, open pasture, and the remains of one of the area’s quintessential 1920s chicken farms. This is a multi-species animal farm which includes sheep, pigs, and poultry. The land provides between 90% to 100% of the animal’s diet through pasture cultivation and rotational grazing practices.
The land had been left fallow for approximately forty years before we began this project, and wild annual oat grasses had left a thick thatch cover. Without animals to mulch the litter back into the soil, or convert the grass to manure, the soil was almost devoid of biotic life or plant material. With the help of the animals, and with careful management, we are only now beginning the restoration of the land and its productive capacity.
“When going back makes sense,
you are going ahead.”
― Wendell Berry
Here on the Farm, we seek to put into practice the best of our agricultural heritage. Specifically, this includes methods of “High English Farming” from the late 1800’s, during which the combined knowledge of a thousand years of farming was refined using the best science and empirical experiment. Farming of this period was refined on small plots of land, using mixed crops and animals, and without chemicals. In the United States, up to the end of World War II, methods continued to be refined towards building soil fertility using composting, cover crops, and animals. Today, these practices are referred to as “Biodynamic”, “Organic”, or “Holistic” farming.
We combine traditional practices with a few modern tools, such as electrical fencing, flexible water lines, and a tractor.
Mainstream farming, as it is practiced today, is resulting in the degradation of the land and soil. In North America, in last 100 years or so, top soil has been reduced from an average of twelve inches, to less than four. Industrial agriculture is considered a major source of carbon release, contributing to climate change, and a major source of land and water pollution. The modern food production system is beginning to see reduced yields, even as the quantities of petroleum-based fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides continue to rise. Genetically-modified grain now accounts for more than 80% of all meat-animal feed. As grain prices increase, food production stalls, and the world turns increasingly to an animal-protein diet—something has to give.
We need an alternative. We need a way of farming that builds the soil, restores the land, ends waste and pollution, provides health (to both animals and humans), offers a solution to both local food production and catastrophic climate change, and gives our daughters a future.
At Green Goose Farm, we are seeking out this alternative. We believe that restorative farming is possible, viable, fun, and offers a bright future.
This is where you come in. Farming is hard work with little pay. We will raise your food, and work to provide you with the healthiest option possible. We will run this experiment for a workable future. But we need your support.
You do this by buying your meat from us. You become part of an exclusive group, as we can provide only a very limited supply from our small farm. You support local agriculture, animal health, and the preservation of Heritage livestock. You become a key player in building an alternative to industrial agriculture.
“I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me.
If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant,
uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.”
--Wendell Berry from: What are People For?