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Farm Camp Registration is Open!


Hi! I’m Ruthann, the new Education and PR Specialist at NOMAD, and am looking forward to invaluable learning and using my gifts and experience to further the mission of NOMAD Farms.  I have loved all the rain this week, as it does its work in soaking the pastures and garden, and then inviting me to curl up with hot tea in the evening. We are excited to tell you about the first NOMAD Farms Summer Camp.  This year’s camp is June 22-26, 9 am - 2 pm, for children ages 6-12.  We have limited space, so please include a $50 deposit with registration to reserve your spot. You can print/scan/email or use a stamp and the post box to register.  Come prepared to get dirty, work hard, play hard, enjoy and care for the land!

Click this link to download the Registration form.pdf

If you are interested in volunteering as a helper (ages 13 and up), download the Volunteer Sign-up form.pdf

 

Farm to Table food on your menu for this weekend!

Having dinner guests?  Hosting a party?  Wholesome sit down (or on  the fly) family meal?  Come to NOMAD Farms this Friday or Saturday for fresh, never-frozen Pastured Poultry!  After you taste our flavorful chicken for the first time, you may determine that one is not nearly enough.  Are you going to eat mostly factory chicken with a wholesome chicken every once in a while or mostly wholesome chicken that you can feel good about feeding your family on a regular basis?  Would you rather risk eating the cheap chicken and wait decades to determine the impact or go ahead and invest in the toxin-free, nutritious alternative?

True, it's a decision that may affect your budget but could you consider eliminating a couple of splurge items to make even the trade-off for good health?  Skip one package of cookies or a bundle of sodas and you've made up the difference.  Besides, isn't the extra cost worth the avoidance of factory meat that was injected with antibiotics to keep it alive in toxic conditions?  For years you've been talking about animals pumped with steroids to speed growth and production and how our ingestion of all that can't be good for the human body.   NOMAD Farms is making it possible for you to DO SOMETHING about that atrocity!

Come on out for a NOMAD Farms educational tour!  There's a BIG GROUP with children (young and old) gathering this Friday at 10:00 am.  Bring a picnic lunch for afterwards.  Mark makes the learning FUN!  Your young'uns will be primed for a solid nap on Friday afternoon - dreaming of sheep, chickens, cows, horses, pigs, and their pastures.  You'll have fresh chicken in your frig and peace in the initiative you've taken to care for your family's health.  Maybe you'll consider a transition to 100% straight up local meat products.  Okay, okay.  I'll not insist on such a sudden revolution.  "Man, man lai" (lit "Slowly, slowly come along," as they say in Chinese).  Not this time, but next time we'll talk about investing in a deep freezer.  He he!

Open for Farm Tours : You Can Boost the Beauty!

Some nights ago we were wandering through Mark’s luscious garden and musing over this week’s developments at the farm.  We were SO PLEASED that several families and individuals had dropped by for a casual farm tour.  Some bought chicken, some bought composting bins, and some bought fresh pies that Scottie had baked.  Some were just passing through.  In all cases, we were HAPPY to spend an hour sharing the NOMAD Farms vision and look forward to this week’s drop-ins.  Your interest alone is encouraging!  

For all who are curious about the vision and would like to come by for a picnic and /or educational and energetic (!) tour, here is our brand new idea to enliven your experience and help sustain NOMAD Farms.  We suggest making some small contribution that would enhance the landscape, enrich the soil, nourish the animals, or boost our family business.  Be creative – ANYTHING GOES! 

Our farm tours are fun, educational, great for kids, eye-opening, and refreshing.

Some Good Ideas:

·         Bring a bag of compost that your family accumulates over a few days’ time (fruit, vegetable, and plant waste)

·         Bring a bag of pig slops (any and all human food scraps)

·         Save and bring your empty egg cartons

·         Bring a sapling, plant or flower of any kind (this can be a transplant from your yard or clearance purchase from a local nursery)

·         Spend 15 minutes weeding the garden or pitching in some other way.  We are in way over our heads here so there is no lack on the list of things to do!

·         Make a $3-$5 donation to say you “Like” Mark's educational farm tour!

·         In addition to or in lieu of any of the above, you can stop by our store on your way out and purchase a pastured poultry chicken ($18), NOMAD Farms T-shirt (Green Label organic quality at $18 for any size), NOMAD Farms compost bin ($18), homemade blueberry or apple pie ($18).  Yes, pretty much everything we sell right now is EIGHTEEN DOLLARS!

The point is to have everyone who comes feel like he /she has done something active or tangible to add value to this farmland.  We want to engender the sense that this clean food enterprise belongs to all of our patrons and anyone who lends a hand!   In his casual tour, Mark delights in teaching kids (and adults,too) about God’s appointing humans to be good stewards of the resources He has given us.  By making some kind of contribution, your kids will feel like they’ve done something meaningful to tend God’s green earth.  If you bring a sapling or plant that takes root here, you’ll be able to watch it grow over the years and enjoy visible reminder of your investment.

These days our log cabin store is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00.  If you want a guided tour – call or email to confirm or join up with another family.  We appreciate groups collaborating on times – the more the merrier! 

 

YUM! Thursday is a BIG DAY!

When I prepped our first homegrown chicken for roasting I wanted to kiss her wing before I sealed the oven bag.  I've cooked homegrown vegetables, made farm fresh salads, and even served steaming lamb and yak that our Tibetan friends helped us prep from wandering the grasslands to the table but I had never cooked a chicken that we had lovingly raised and carefully harvested.  

It was even more sentimental to take the first bite.  No one who knows me is surprised that I almost cried when I swallowed.  By God's marvelous design, this chicken tastes heavenly.  During all these months of anticipation I have sometimes wondered if our only selling point would be the nutritious value of these lovely birds.  I never wondered whether the assurance that these chickens had not been soaked in fecal matter wouldn't be worth the extra dollars.  I've known that the purity of our product would justify the effort our customers make to come and collect (rather than toss clearance chicken into the grocery store cart).  But until Monday night I wasn't positive that we could sell our chicken based on the superior flavor.  Reading other farm testimonies is one thing but sampling our own fare is another.  

Now with unabashed confidence that what we are offering is not only the health conscious and smart choice but ALSO that it has the most potential to please your palette, I say, "COME AND BUY FROM OUR FIRST STOCK OF PASTURED POULTRY!"

No need to call or even tell us you are coming . . . YOU ARE WELCOME this Thursday after 2:00 and all day Friday and Saturday (until 5:00 pm).  The Nicholsons are your local farmers and we are EAGER to serve you.  BLESSINGS!  -dana

 

 

 

First Processing Day! May 15

We're excited about this Thursday's chicken processing day!  There is a limited quantity of chicken available this first time around, so email us (info@nomadfarms.org) to pre-order and secure your birds!  

On Saturday we practiced with our new equipment (these machines are awesome!) and it went great.  Our family came for Mother's Day weekend and pitched in.   We did four birds and learned how to streamline the process.  Tonight we cook our first bird...looking forward to tasting the fruit of our labor! 

We want as many folks as possible to experience the difference in pasture-raised chicken, so get the word out to your food health-conscious friends.  Pick up starts at 2:00 pm, and you can come on Friday or Saturday (9:00 - 5:00) if Thursday doesn't work for you.  After Saturday, anything left will be professionally packaged for freezing and can be picked up at any time.  It's gonna be a celebration!

Comments

  1. Re: An Eye-Opening Comparison

    good post

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  2. Re: NOMAD Farms Chicken has a New Look

    "Pastured Poultry" I love it! Continued best wishes to you guys.

    -- DC

  3. Re: An Eye-Opening Comparison

    Wow thank you for sharing this comparison. Very eye opening and disturbing!!!!!!!

    -- Tina

  4. Re: Why Does NOMAD Charge $18 per Chicken?

    Great article, Dana! You really broke things down well!

    -- Denys

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