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Bone Dry Ridge partners with many farms.  We go by the philosophy that we are stronger together.  At first glance one may say we are competitors.  But that is hogwash.  We are much better off, all of us, by working together.

One of the hardest things a small farmer has to do, is to let you, the public, know we exist.  Thanks to the internet however, this is now, a much easier task.  Not all farmers are comfortable working with this relatively new medium, and so partnerships have developed between us and other farmers here in our lovely valley of Independence.  We only partner with farmers we feel raise their animals using the same humane methods we use.  People who respect their animals and give them a good life.  Plenty of good pastures, fresh water, salt and minerals and lots of space to play in and be happy. 

Most of our partners live right here in Independence Valley.

Code and Michael Morris:

Code and Mike are a father and son team.  They work together at their family business, Morris Trucking, and also spend their summer evenings and weekends haying.  Each year they buy a few yearlings from another farmers and give them the good life until it is time for them to go to slaughter.  They have tried various breeds, and have come to really like the Japanese Wagyu, Angus cross.  This cross breed is called American Style Kobe Beef.   Considered some of the best meat in the world (look it up on the web). These creatures are very gentle which makes the whole operation of having animals around, very pleasant.  The animals are rotates around the three pasture areas and given a nice shelter in the winter. They are 100% grass fed.  Eat grass all summer and local hay in the winter. 

We have been buying hay from Code and Mike for years.  They live just on the other side of our ridge.  They are both gentle souls, which is a good quality to have as farmers.

August Farm:

August Farm is run my Marianna and Lysa.  They raise chickens, pigs  and Icelandic Sheep.  They live 3 miles from Bone Dry Ridge.  Iím mentoring them in sheep raising, since there is a lot to learn in raising animals, especially during lambing season.  We help each other when the need arises.  So good to have neighbors who know just how to help.

Other partnerships:

In the summertime, when our non irrigated fields go dry and the grass growth slows down,  we move the sheep to the lowlands.  To the irrigated fallow fields of our wonderful neighbors, the vegetable farmers.  We are so lucky to live in this lovely valley, full of organic vegetable farms.  Each year, they lay some of their fields fallow, to give the soil a rest, and give it a chance to recuperate from producing a lot of food per acre.  Fallowing also prevents pest from getting a hold in the fields.  It is very good to have animals eat the grass in the fallow fields because that promotes root growth which in turn makes the soil thicker, richer and fluffier.  Not to mention the stuff that gets left behind.  Grass turned into fertilizer right on the spot.  These farmers give us fields to graze our animals and we leave behind a lot of fertilizer.  Does life get any better then that?

These vegetable farms are:

Helsing Junction Farm

Rising River Farm

Wobbly Cart Farm