Connecting to the Web of Life at Lubbers Farm


 
Map at Lubbers Farm

Map at Lubbers Farm

Today Bill and I were on a quest to visit local farms that share our philosophy toward food since we’re in the market for a new grassfed meat supplier. (We really miss Providence Farms but understand their decision to seek out meaningful, full-time employment.)

The best prospect for us–the one most in sync with our view–is Lubbers Farm near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here’s what farm owners Karen and Jeff Lubbers say about their philosophy toward farming: “We believe all of life is part of a web. What we do to one part, we do to all. We are committed to the importance of whole foods raised on sustainable local farms as a pathway to abundant health, a sustainable environment and excellent flavor.”

We brought our friend Waltraud along for the annual Farm Tour, where Karen and Jeff Lubbers invite people to take a hay ride through their pastures and see how the meat is raised, where the eggs come from, how the dairy operates, how the bread is made at the Little Rooster Bakery, and how the farm is managed as a whole organism.

Jeff Lubbers gives a tour of the pasture

Jeff Lubbers gives a tour of the pasture

Read more about their approach toward ruminants(i.e., animals with rumens, such as cows and sheep) on their website. Here are some of our photos of the ruminants we saw today, along with the guinea hen clean-up crew–an essential participant in grass farming.

One of the grass-eating cows with guinea hens in tow

One of the grass-eating cows with guinea hens in tow

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We also saw lots of pigs, which are pastured on the edge of the woods.

Pigs rooting around at the edge of the forest

Pigs rooting around at the edge of the forest

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Also on the pasture tour, we saw the chicken houses and the Eggmobile. These are moved frequently, giving the chickens fresh grass to eat. The chickens, in turn, fertilize the grass with their manure. Read more about Lubbers’ poultry and eggs on their website.

Moveable chicken houses

Moveable chicken houses with Eggmobile in background

The EggmobileThe Eggmobile

Check out Super Dude, the dog amongst the chickens around the Eggmobile. He keeps the hawks and other critters away.

Super Dude

Super Dude

Everyone sure looks happy, from the animals to the veggies to the flowers and the bees.

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What a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon in September, getting to know our local farmers, their land and their animals, and seeing their commitment to the web of life.

Bill and Waltraud enjoy refreshments at the end of our tour

Bill and Waltraud enjoy refreshments at the end of our tour

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