17050 Kane Road
Visit us at the Chelsea Farm Market on Saturdays from 8-noon! Park Street, downtown, just east of Main Street.
- Free-Range Heritage-Breed Eggs – $4/dozen
- Pastured dinner chickens – First batch of 2013 sold out!. Next batch of chickens will be available approximately July 4. Contact us to reserve your birds.
- 100% grass-fed Dexter beef – available approximately July 8. We are taking reservations for bulk orders now up to a quarter steer. Click here for the 2013 beef price list.
… more information about our products …
… Our Principles …
- Animal welfare is paramount at Zatkovich Pastures. We do everything we can to ensure our animals are physically healthy and comfortable; free from stress, hunger and crowded conditions; eat a natural diet free from GMO products, animal by-products or any other adulterations; and, most importantly, are respected and loved.
- We are a grass-based farm and, accordingly, everything revolves around grass. We use symbiotic strategies wherever possible to maximize the permaculture, biodiversity, and fertility of the pastures. We are stewards of the land we are using, and as such, we add to it, not take away. Instead of manure being a pollutant, as is the case on a feedlot, every bit goes back into our soil, one way or another. We use rotational grazing strategies to avoid over-grazing any areas. Ranging chickens, following the cattle, add their own manure and help control biting flies. We compost everything possible and add it directly to the pastures. It’s a big, synergistic dance that results in happy animals, fertile soil, and rich grass.
- Neither of the first two principles matter without transparency and honesty. We invite questions, interrogations, skepticism. Come visit us. Take pictures, peer into the dark corners, see for yourself how we operate and how the animals live. Take a bit of chicken feed into your own hand and assess its integrity. Ask questions. Ask more questions. That’s how food decisions should be made. As our unwitting mentor Joel Salatin says, “Trespassers will be impressed.”
*A note regarding our chicken feed: it is non-certified organic, as one ingredient – the corn – is in “transition”, meaning that the corn fields used for our feed are in a waiting period until they can be certified as organic by a regulatory body. In all aspects – health, ecology, etc – it is as good, or better, than certified organic. We have personally walked the fields, spoken at length with the family that grows it, and are satisfied of its wholesomeness. More information can be obtained by asking; you should know what you’re eating and we’re glad to tell you.