Holistically Pasture Raised

McCauley Family Farm CSA Program

Program Overview

Why Join the McCauley Family Farm CSA ?

Because it is the healthiest, most delicious chicken we could possible raise, and heals the land right here in your backyard.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between our farm and you as our customer. Rather than simply purchasing food, our customers become “members” of this CSA farm who receive a portion of the farm’s chicken harvests.

 

Our Growing Practices

We raise meat and eggs that come from animals that are NEVER given antibiotics, growth hormones or feed containing genetically modified seed. We believe in ecological farming systems that build the health in our soils, our animals and our community. We raise meat and eggs that come from animals that are NEVER given antibiotics, growth hormones or feed containing genetically modified seed.

Our chickens spend their entire adult life outside on grass, which benefits the chickens, and the land.  In dry climates like the Front Range, the pastures need animals on them to keep them stimulated and fertile, and if they don’t they degrade and dessertify. We rotate our sheep and our chickens to mimic the grazing mammals and birds you see in nature. By doing this, we are reversing desertification, sequestering carbon, and growing an increasing lush and diverse pasture.  By living outside on Front Range pasture, our birds are healthy and resilient, and they bring their fertility to the grass that needs it, rather than to run-off that leads to more pollution and dead-zones in the ocean like industrialized meat production. (Context: It’s important to remember that the amount of time a Certified Organic chicken is required to spend outside is ZERO, and the amount of pasture that it is required to have is ZERO.  That is a problem for the chickens, and the land).

It’s no accident that what you get is a very happy chicken that was nurtured and nourished by a functioning, thriving ecosystem, a chicken that gets to use its genius and muscles to forage for bugs, worms, seeds, and grass, a chicken that is quite simply the most delicious chicken possible, and truly, deeply nourishing.    

What do you feed your chickens?

Because we constantly move our chickens to fresh green pasture, we estimate 30% of our chickens feed comes from the diverse diet that they forage for on our Certified Organic pasture (compared to 0% for virtually all Certified Organic chicken you get at the store).  All of our supplementary feed is Certified Non-GMO and is grown here, in Colorado, by farmers we know.

What breed do you use?

Our birds are a red foraging bread adapted to Colorado.  They are slower growing, and live twice as long as typical chicken you get at the store that is only 5 weeks old (yes, even most organic). The result is more collagen, omega-3’s, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and flavor have a chance to develop and accumulate.