free range We generally house 30 free range, Heritage Breed, Dual Purpose chickens at a time and rotate 10 out each fall for family and friends. We have a water collection system connected to our chicken house which filters the first rain out to dump and then collects rain each time thereafter which runs into collection barrels and is distributed via pipes to water the chickens via water cups shown in the pictures. No waste! We collect farm fresh eggs daily that are second to none. All natural, Sustainable Farming done right.
We raise Free Range Heritage Breed Turkeys each year. We start them off indoors for the first 6 weeks of their life. They then are moved to a safe, reinforced aviary built from a child's recycled steel framed swing. This is an easy project and a safe home for our wonderful turkeys.
Here at American Highlands Ranch we create 5x8 mushroom beds to grow beautiful and tasty Wine Cap mushrooms. Red Garden Giant or Stropharia Rugosoannulta. We also harvest dogwood trees from our property then drill and plug the logs with Gourmet Shiitake, or Blue Dophin Oyster Mushroom spawn. Stack them up and water them like you would your garden and at the right time of year, we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Fresh home grown Gourmet mushrooms for the table. A beautiful example of sustainable farming done right!
With low tunnels, we are able to plant late February/early March and harvest in June when everyone else is starting to plant. Then we have our traditional garden that is planted in early June and harvested in September. We recycle our cattle supplement bags that are made of paper because they not only hold water well but also provides great environments for worms which create super nitrogen for the soil which then makes the plants larger and more vigorous. Another part of our Sustainable farming.
At our ranch we grow our own produce using forgotten, original heirloom seeds. Once we grow and harvest the foods we use for our family, we harvest a saved percentage of heirloom seeds to be used in the next growing season. Sustainable farming done right!