Our farm, tucked away in the hills of eastern Nebraska, started when Doug set up shop on his own in 1991. After marrying Krista and moving back to the farm in 1999, we began raising grass-fed beef and free-range chickens. Customers soon began asking about fresh, organic dairy products and we soon discovered our true niche in agriculture.
Grass is at the heart of our operation. We use management intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) to ensure the grass we feed our cows is always at peak condition. It also allows the pasture to rejuvenate, so there’s never any need for artificial fertilizers or herbicides.
Once the cows are finished in one section of the pasture, they are moved to another with fresh grass. Then we bring the chickens in and let them do their magic.
As you may or may not know, chickens are fierce hunters. They love scratching through the grass to find a tasty bug or two. They’re also smart and know that you can find a lot of bugs in a cow pie. As they pick they’re way through a pile, they spread the manure all over the field. They’re like little, feathered fertilizer spreaders. We rely on them to keep our pastures fertilized and healthy, with no help at all from gas-guzzling machine.
It’s a three-year process to become certified organic. We became officially certified organic through OneCert in 2007. This means a lot to us. Not only is it better for the land, the air, our animals, and us, it also allows us to deliver products that we know are nutritious and wholesome. When you purchase any Branched Oak Farm product, you can be assured that you are putting only the finest, freshest food into your body. It’s the way food produced by people who care.