Join me in my quest to learn more about the plants and animals that will eventually end up in my tummy! :D
Thank you so much to Farmer Obet and Jenny for showing me around the farm, to Peaches for helping me film this video blog, and to Joy for guesting in the video. :)
In summary, Herb Republic farm practices sustainable agriculture using nutrient cycling and probiotics.
They grow organic veggies and herbs, and raise livestock such as chickens and pigs.
The livestock are not free range, but they are kept in comfortable open-air pens with adequate space and coconut husk bedding (which becomes plant fertilizer after the animals are done with it). They are fed a mix of commercial corn feed (but with zero antibiotics), organic veggies, and probiotics.
Farmer Obet plans to gradually convert the animal feed to 100% organic veggies and probiotics. He created the probiotics himself, and actually sells this to other farms as a bottled product called “la’amoy” because it keeps the plants and animals healthy while also removing bad odors. It’s true— their chickens and pigs had no bad smells! :) They’ve even used this product on stagnant floodwaters to kill disease-causing pathogens and remove bad odors.
I will be happily participating in their very cute “Adopt-A-Hen”program, which I’ve described in this video blog! ^_^ I’m really looking forward to consuming food while knowing where exactly it came from, who grew it, and how. ❤★
My Trader Juan
Adopt-A-Hen program at Herb Republic Farm
A really awesome essay about mankind’s relationship with microbes
Michael Pollan’s articles and resources related to sustainable agriculture