We love our farm partners and this month, we want to share more about Heritage Foods.
This multi-farm cooperative was founded in 2001 to preserve endangered species of livestock from extinction. Their partner farmers grow 100% heritage breed pigs, turkeys, lamb, chickens, ducks, guineas, and geese. All animals are raised humanely, outdoors, on pasture, using traditional farming techniques. They reproduce naturally and are never fed any antibiotics or growth hormones.
We source all of our farm-fresh products raw, directly from our farm partners. We take great care in creating the best product possible, not only to maximize the nutrition during dehydration, but to honor the hard work of the farmers who humanely raised their livestock. We stand behind our treats with a 100% satisfaction guaranteed promise: We will always make the situation right.
Farming with integrity
It all starts with how a farm operates. Our farm partners provide their livestock with a natural environment where they spend their days grazing over open acres of land and eating their natural, organic diet. Animals that have access to their instinctual drives (like moving in herds, digging through earth, choosing what to eat) are happier and healthy for their entire lifetime. By sourcing from these types of farms, we are able to give our customers access to a healthier, higher quality treat.
Value worth supporting
Small farmers have chosen a path of passion and love of animals and the earth, and it is no easy path. We join those farmers by choosing a path that is more challenging than most manufacturers. We want our customers to know exactly where we sourced the product they are feeding their pets. “Made in USA”, or even “made in GA” is not good enough for us. Each bag will show where the product originated, for example, White Oak Pastures. We believe there is value in our customers having that level of knowledge and confidence in what they are feeding their best friend.
Our Farm Partners
White Oak Pastures
White Oak Pastures, our first farm partner, is a truly exceptional family farm. Five generations of the Harris family have worked day in and day out raising cattle and they are recognized by the Global Animal Project with the highest achievable ratings.
Started in 1962, Joyce Farms is still a family-owned business. Their heritage lies in the small, traditional family farm. They believe small farmers, with their deep caring and passion for the animals, are the best at raising them, often using age-old artisan methods passed down through generations.
Thousand Hillsis on a mission to nourish the soil, the plants, cattle, and their community by holistically grazing cattle for their lifetime. Since their founding in 2003, their passion has evolved into a full embrace of regenerative agriculture.
Thompson Farms is a family-owned pig farm located in Dixie, GA. Their pastured pigs roam free to promote regenerative agriculture, living out their entire life on the farm from birth to harvest, never confined in crates or cages.
Polyface Farm is located in rural Swoope, VA, run by Joel Salatin and his family. The farm is driven using unconventional methods with the goal of emotionally, economically and environmentally enhancing agriculture. Today, the farm arguably represents America’s premier non-industrial food production oasis.
Greener Pastures Farm is a family-owned farm in southern Louisiana. Their top priority is respect for the animals, respect for the earth and respect for the community. They create an environment that allows for their animals to be healthy in their natural habitat.
In the late 1990s, this family farm embarked on a journey to build a regenerative pasture-based farm based on transparency with an open door to the public. Their goal is to provide the peace of mind that comes from having a direct relationship with a farmer you can know and trust.
Since 1998, this family owned farm has specialized in quality meat that are favorites among some of the best chefs in the Midwest. All of their animals are raised on pasture without the use of antibiotics. Their red meat and poultry processing plant is both on-farm & USDA-inspected.
For more than 60 years, Maple Leaf Farms has produced safe, high-quality foods in a thoughtful and responsible manner. They have preserved the ideas we were founded upon: contribution to local communities, responsibility for the environment, respect for others and insistence on high quality.
Don Pitman began raising free-range turkeys and chickens in 1954. They are now a family farm that focus their energy on raising animals in humane, natural environments, selling quality meat economically so anyone who’s concerned about the way farm animals are treated can afford higher welfare products.
Starting in 2009, farmers Jesse and Liz Straight, moved back to their hometown of Warrenton to build a farm that emulates nature. Raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cattle, they’ve built an agriculture system that allow their animals to live as closely as they would normally live in the wild.
Southwest Bison has been stewarding sustainable regenerative ranch land in Texas for over 120 years. Pastured and raised on over 100 square miles of native savannahs and shortgrass prairies, their bison graze on natural organic pastures, using sustainable and regenerative grazing practices.
Lee and Mary Graese founded Northstar Bison in 1994, when they both understood from their nutritional backgrounds how valuable the meat was but there were no developed markets at the time. Since those early days, they practice regenerative grazing over thousands of acres and many small family farms.
The Heritage Foods cooperative was founded in 2001 to preserve endangered species of livestock from extinction. Their partner farmers grow 100% heritage breed pigs, turkeys, lamb, chickens, ducks, guineas, and geese. All animals are raised humanely, outdoors, on pasture, using traditional farming techniques. They reproduce naturally and are never fed any antibiotics or growth hormones.
With a long history of family farming beginning in 1927, Mahaffey Farms takes a holistic approach to everything they do. Their passion is regenerating the landscape, building a resilient community, and providing valuable nourishment that doesn’t come at the cost of degrading the land.
Becker Farms was established in the fall of 2007, after Kyle and Emily Becker purchased a 100 acre farm in Mooreland, IN. Initially focused on high-quality, safe freezer beef, they have expanded to include chickens, turkeys, pigs, and hens. It is their goal to produce healthful, nutrient-dense foods in an environmentally-responsible manner.
Vital Mission Farm is a small regenerative farm with a big focus on being a part of the climate solution. Their mission is to produce the highest quality food in a manner that is nurturing for the animal, healthy for the consumer, regenerating for the soil, providing habitat for wildlife, and healing for our environment.