"We heal the land and ourselves with a daily devotion to wholeness in all that we do." - Suzanne Nelson
Reverence Farms is a diversified, thriving polyculture where animals are treated with reverence and grace, earthworms are cherished, and all critters eat a species-appropriate diet. We offer pastured eggs from chickens fed a locally milled and organic ration, and our hens are moved to fresh pasture daily where they eat a full complement of bugs and fresh forages. Our broiler chickens get a fresh salad bar daily.
Our poultry and pig rations contain a diversity of proteins (including flax and field peas) in order to improve the taste and nutritional profile of our products and reduce our reliance on soy. The soy in our rations are different from conventional feedstuffs in that it’s derived from whole, roasted organic soybeans instead of soybean meal, an industrial waste product customarily fed to livestock.
The hens follow our dairy cows and sheep in a rotation that takes into account the need of the grass to regenerate in order to provide the best nutrition for all the animals and to allow the soil to capture the carbon from the atmosphere. We raise our dairy calves on mama cows, with all the milk they can drink and the normalcy of running in a mixed-aged herd. We do this to ensure the best and brightest dairy herd for the future, and in order to provide an outstanding life to even the young males, which later become our signature ambrosia beef.
Our commitment to whole food means that we are also diligent about the ingredients in our value-added products. That means our sausages are not only free from MSG directly, but also are free of “spice extractives” and other fractionated ingredients that often contain undisclosed sources of free glutamates. Our bacon is cured the old-fashioned way, using just salt (no nitrates) and molasses, and our bulk sausages are free of sugar. We started this farm as a homestead to feed our family and we are serious about what it means to say, “this is food.”
Suzanne Nelson Karreman of Reverence Farms says now is the time to prepare food at home — or eat a hand-made meal made with real-food ingredients and care.
“At the end of the day, the only defense we have as relatively fragile organisms is a fully functioning immune system. And the only way to get immunologically strong and stay there is a consistent diet of nutrient-dense food,” Karreman says. “The hearth is the center of the home, just as the immune system is the center of health. Real food is raised in sync with nature’s rhythms and is grown at her pace. There’s no substitutions, no faking it. We were created to eat food, and not edible packets of infotainment masquerading as sustenance. Our healthy future is going to include the foods of our ancestors, prepared with simple ingredients that are grown with integrity.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Reverence Farms unique? There are plenty of small non-factory farms out there, but we’re especially proud of our commitment to ethics, sustainability and local farm resilience.
Find out what we mean in detail by “passionately pastured” and why it makes all the difference for the lands and our animals.
Reverence Farms in the News
This land means so much to us, it’s humbling when local or national media picks up on what we’re doing here. Reverence Farms looks to be a model of local sustainable agriculture, and we love talking shop to anyone who asks.