Production Practices

Avrom Farm is an integrated vegetable and pasture-based livestock farm in Green Lake, Wisconsin. We manage our farm as an ecosystem by integrating livestock, grain, pasture, and vegetables to create an agricultural model that is both resilient and productive.  By farming in this way we are able to produce exceptionally flavorful and nutritionally dense food.

We raise pigs, chickens, and grow vegetables. We offer beef, flour, dry goods, eggs, cheese, and more from local farmers and artisans that stand out in their commitment to environmental stewardship, ethical production, and exceptional food quality. Below you can learn about all of our specific farming practices, but across the board we don't use GMOs, growth hormones, or antibiotics.

When evaluating a farm’s contribution to the food economy and its impact on the environment, it is important to view this relationship within the context of the regional food economy and present environmental and climate threats. The fact is that less than 98% of the total food consumed in this country is produced using land management practices are resource extractive, erode topsoil, oxidize stable soil carbon, displace groundwater, cause eutrophication, and ultimately produce bland nutrient-lacking food. It is estimated that we have 60 harvests left until most agricultural soils are eroded or degraded to the point that make them unsuitable for production. These are aspects of agriculture that are broken on a mass scale and simply haven’t been addressed to much measurable success by the local food movement. Our mission is to make a significant contribution to the food economy and build a production system that contributes positively as a whole to the environment and people’s access to healthy food.

Pigs

We raise Berkshire and Tamworth breeds of pigs because they are the right fit for our values. These heritage breed pigs are excellent foragers and are able to supplement their diet of non-gmo barley, flax meal, corn, and oats with lush grasses and other plants we grow for them in our pastures. We also feed vegetable scraps from the vegetable side of our farm and whey from a local creamery to complete their balanced diet and encourage excellent meat quality. 

Our pigs don't just have "access to pasture". They are rotationally grazed through small field paddocks weekly to make sure that they have access to lush vegetation to eat. Although this takes quite a bit more time and management, the ethical and sustainable effects of these practices make it a no-brainer. 

The combination of a diverse and balanced diet, active lifestyle, and our carefully chosen Berkshire x Tamworth cross breed give our pork incredible marbling, flavor, and texture.

Chickens

All the chicken available is raised by us in Green Lake, Wisconsin. We've chosen a breed that was initially bred by French organic farmers to grow vigorously on pasture and to have the best flavor. We raise our birds in large mobile "range coops", which are bottomless hoop houses on skids that we drag across the pasture. We get our chicks delivered from the hatchery and keep them contained in the range coop for 3 weeks with heat lamps until they are big enough to venture out on their own. After the first 3 weeks the chickens are not contained at all. They associate the hoop house as their home and won't venture too far from it, allowing us to give them total free range over the pasture. We move the range coops every day to fresh pasture so that the chickens can make their way around the farm gleaning fresh shoots, bugs, and plants. We have 5 Great Pyrenees dogs that roam the farm and have been trained to protect our chickens from predators like hawks, eagles, fox, raccoons, and the many other wild animals that would otherwise take advantage of our laissez-faire practices. 

Aside from what the chickens glean from the pasture, we feed them a ration of non-gmo barley, flax meal, corn, and oats. Similar to our pigs, the carefully chosen breed and diet of our chickens combined with their active lifestyle results in incredibly flavorful chicken that equally tender.

Vegetables

We focus on growing heirloom and uncommon varieties of vegetables. Although a perfect looking tomato might feel safe and familiar, just wait until you try an ugly heirloom tomato! So much of the diversity on vegetable farms has been boiled down to just a handful of varieties that have been manipulated for the longest shelf life, ease of processing, and highest yield. Flavor and nutrition simply don't play a role in the equation from the standpoint of grocery stores and many restaurants.