• Name the baby calves, chicken house gets a makeover, and more

    Posted on March 7, 2019 by in Uncategorized

    Baby calves will be here soon!

    Every spring, we ask for your help in naming the female baby calves.  These girls will grow into the next generation of milk cows at Jako Farm.  From birth to death, a milk cow can spend 10-12 years at Jako Farm.  Each cow develops its own personality and preferences, much like people do.  With daily interactions in the milk barn, we develop a much closer relationship with them than other animals on the farm, which is why each deserves a name.  This year, calf names must be five letters or less and start with the letters U,V,W,X,Y or Z.  (We’re cleaning up the end of the alphabet!)  Reply to this email with your submissions!

    Chicken house gets a makeover

    During the snowy weather, Ken spent some time inside the shop rebuilding one of the chicken houses that had become rusted and drafty.  He completely lined the inside with plywood and the outside with tin to make it warm and air-tight.  He replaced rotten floor boards with a new plastic slatted floor and moved the water storage tanks inside to prevent them from freezing.  The chickens have a much warmer, cozier nest to roost in this winter!

    Three cheers for the snow!

    We don’t know how you felt about the snow, but we thought it was downright awesome!  Not only did the ground get some good moisture, but we also had a ton of fun playing in it.  The favorite activity?  Tying two sleds behind the chore car and letting Grandpa Ken pull us through the pasture.  There’s no wrong weather to be outside!

    Compost stations coming soon

    Our theme for 2019 is “Rejuvenate the Soil.”  We’re joining the worldwide movement of people who are focused on regenerative agriculture.  In simple terms, we believe that the health of all humankind (and our world) begins with returning the soil to proper health.  You can partner with this!  Very soon, we’re going to start collecting kitchen and yard waste in the farm store.  We’ll add it to our compost pile, which will eventually enrich the Jako Farm soil.  You’ll be directing the future health of the food you eat.  Stay tuned for those details!

    The JakoPure Standard

    Your family deserves pure food you can trust,  That’s why, for three generations, Jako Farm has grown grass-based food with purpose and care.  Everything in our farm store is 100% JakoPure– inspected and approved by customers who expect the very best.

    Our Guiding Standards:

    • Our animals live on pasture year-round, in low stress and respectful growing conditions.
    • Our food surpasses organic standards.  We do not use GMOs, chemicals, or growth hormones.
    • Our farming practices strive to improve– not deplete– the health of the soil, water, and ecosystem.
    • We maintain high standards of cleanliness and sanitation.
    • We are transparent in all of our farming practices.
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