Monday, January 10, 2011

About Our Farm

Vineyard Farms was established in August of 2010.  The Vaagen family bought acreage in Cobb County, GA, and instantly started filling it up with animals!  All animals at Vineyard Farms are treated as a part of our family.  We take great care in the way we feed our animals, and in their living quarters.  Our animals live the way animals were meant to live... free to roam, and free to forage!

Are you familiar with the health benefits of eggs from free range chickens?  Check this out...
(From Mother Earth News)
New test results show that pastured egg producers are kicking the commercial industry's derriere when it comes to vitamin D! Eggs from hens raised on pasture show 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs. Learn more: Eggciting News!!!

RESULTS FROM OUR PREVIOUS STUDY: Eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene
These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The chart in Meet the Real Free-range Eggs (October/November 2007) shows the average nutrient content of the samples, compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for “conventional” (i.e. from confined hens) eggs. The chart lists the individual results from each flock.
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If you are not yet aware of the benefits of free range, grass fed animals, take a look at some of these statistics:
  • Cattle fed on grass have a different kind of fat.  It has more Omega-3 fatty acids, which are the "good kinds of fat," necessary to good health.  Omega-3 come from leafy plants, such as grass.
  • Grass fed cattle contain less Omega-6 fatty acids, the kind prevalent in corn-fed beef, which are bad for you.
  • Grass fed beef and milk from cows that graze on pasture, instead of consuming a high level of grain, contains more conjugated linolaic acid (CLA, a fatty acid found in beef and dairy fats).  Human bodies don't produce their own CLA, but can obtain it through foods such as whole milk, butter and beef.  CLA promotes healthy cell structure and regeneration.  It has been shown to help reduce risk of cancer and disease.
  • Grass fed beef is lower in fat and calories than grain fed beef.
  • Grass fed beef is a more natural diet for humans, as we ate grass fed animals for thousands of years!
Our family consumes raw milk from our goats, as well.  We believe stronglly in the benefits of raw milk!  Georgia law states that it is illegal to sell raw milk for human consumption, so we will happily share our family's health benefits with your pets.  You can purchase goat milk for pets from Vineyard Farms upon request.  Just look at the chart below to see how much your pets can benefit from drinking what the Vaagen family drinks daily!

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