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 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 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
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
Helsing Junction Farm
Rising River Farm
Wobbly Cart Farm