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Demand is high, regulations are tough. We love growing pasture raised animals for local communities; we need a new processing facility.
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More and more families in Mississippi want to know where their food comes from and have come to depend on poultry, eggs, turkeys, and pork raised naturally, locally, and sustainably from our small farm in Cedar Bluff. Our farm has grown to the limits of the current “1000 bird exemption”; and in order to sustain our farm, meet new regulations, and keep Mississippi supplied with pastured farm products, we will have to build a new, on-site processing facility which will allow us to process up to 20,000 birds each year on our farm. 

We look at ourselves as soil farmers, with food being a byproduct of our soil building operations. We know that without healthy soils, you cannot grow healthy plants or animals and without healthy plants or animals, you cannot have healthy people. 

At first we were afraid that we would not have any customers,” says Ali, “but, as people began to hear about how we raise our animals, they were so excited! Our business grew more quickly than we had imagined. We have felt so much appreciation and support from our customers and our communities.” Now, Beaverdam Fresh Farms is a household name in many parts of the state. And, it’s only been three years!

Mississippi is ready for the growth and development of our chemical-free, small farmers and food producers. There is a groundswell of small-scale farmers and farmers’ markets brimming with new life across the state. It is exciting to watch; and, on a more somber note, it is imperative that we steward this new growth forward, not only for our families and future generations, but for the regeneration and health of the land as well.

Dustin and Ali at Polyface, Joel Salatin's Farm
Dustin and Ali at Polyface, Joel Salatin's Farm

We raise our animals in a dynamic way using pasture, forest, and locally milled feed, and animals are moved to fresh pasture on a daily or weekly basis. Creating a perfect balance between manure fertilizing and grazing only to the point where herbs and grasses grow optimally. Our farming practices build up the soils, increasing nutrients all the way up the food chain. There are many biological, ethical and sustainable reasons we farm this way, and yet one key issue is the correlation between health and high quality, local food.

Even though small farms used to be the backbone of Mississippi, the knowledge and traditions have gone by the wayside. We feel that small farms are the only sustainable way forward, and we are proud to help pave the way for small farms again in our state. We have been in dialogue with Mississippi governing agencies to find a compromise between large scale poultry regulations and our needs.

We hope that our building of this processing facility, moving forward with obtaining a permit, and completing inspections will create a replicable model for others and will increase the number of small pasture rotation farms in the South. We know that this next step is a big one, not only for us, but for the future of sustainable farming in Mississippi and the health of its families. So, feel free to pitch in, share this campaign in your network, and let’s grow!

Thank you for your support! Ali and Dustin, Beaverdam Fresh Farms www.beaverdamfreshfarms.com

Risks and challenges

The biggest problem we are facing is we are charting unknown waters. Regulations and recommendations are in place for large scale chicken processing plants in Mississippi, but not for small farms like us. The Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and Health are willing to work with us to build a state-approved processing facility. While we have not received much advanced directive, these departments have pledged to guide us through the process of building a processing facility capable suited for handling up to 20,000 birds a year. We might incur higher costs as their inspectors come in, but we will manage as best as we can.
We are absolutely determined to do what it takes for the sustainability of our farms, and to also serve as a model for future small scale poultry farms.

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    Your name on the official Beaverdam Fresh Farms website. Also you can add a little text snippet next to your name. Make history!

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    Choose one of our vintage looking stickers
    ~ We're Going Whole Hog ~
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    ~ Bet the Farm on Us ~
    Gotta have them both? Pledge twice! ;~)

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    Bar of Natural Handmade Lard Soap -

    Our soaps are handmade with quality natural ingredients and our own pastured lard to ensure a bar of soap that is not only luxurious, but is also non-toxic. Each small batch of soap is carefully handcrafted with love.

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    You can name one of our pigs. We will post a photo of that pig with it's new name and a "Thank You" to you on our facebook page.
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    Pledge $75 dollars, and you'll sport one of our Exclusive Campaign T-shirts!
    You can choose between three great designs:
    A hand drawn, one of a kind T-shirt with a rooster,
    A printed T-shirt with a flying pig, or
    A printed T-shirt with a hen.

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    Join us for a Beaverdam Farm Tour and you will become better connected with your farmer and your food. You will have the chance to understand how an ecological farm in Mississippi works. We will show you how we grow food while at the same time restoring and nurturing the land.

    Should you live too far away or would rather receive a combination of all the rewards above, you will have the option to choose.

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    Did someone say Bacon? Ali will teach you how to cure bacon in a hands-on class where you can sample bacon, prepare bacon for curing, and take some home.
    Should you live too far away or can't make the class, we will video the class: and send you a DVD along with a spice mix to cure your own bacon. Unfortunately we can't ship bacon across statelines. The DVD will not ship until September 2014.

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    Pledge $350 and we will put a pasture raised, 100% natural Turkey on your Thanksgiving Table. Well, we won't put it on your table; due to farm regulations, you have to pick your turkey up from us at the farm.
    Should you live too far away, we are really sorry! We offer you instead a beautiful picture from our farm printed on a wrap-around canvas. We will send you some pictures to choose from.

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    Four course, Farm to Table Dinner!
    We will serve you a wonderful meal, prepared from scratch, with local ingredients and meats from our farm at the beautiful Mississippi Modern Homestead Center Lodge.

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    For an extra $100 you can bring a date to the Farm to Table Dinner. Four course, Farm to Table Dinner for two! We will serve you a wonderful meal, prepared from scratch, with local ingredients and meats from our farm at the beautiful Mississippi Modern Homestead Center Lodge.

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    Beaverdam Farmer for a Day: You will have the opportunity to work alongside Dustin and Ali throughout a typical day on the farm. You will learn how to synchronously move poultry in line with the cows, while gaining an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between the cows and poultry. You will also have the unique opportunity to learn how to set up daily cattle fencing and pig fencing for pastures or wooded areas. By working alongside Dustin and Ali, you will learn the breakdown of each enterprise and how the animals work to restore the land and provide food for our local communities. In addition to learning about ecological agriculture, you will also share a meal with the farmers using food that was grown on the farm.
    Accommodations for two nights are included, if needed.

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    Three Day Farm- Stay Weekend:
    Spend the weekend at the beautiful Mississippi Modern Homestead Center Lodge with Beaverdam Farms.
    The Lodge is located on five acres of organic gardens and has a beautiful fishing lake. Visit the Kune Kune pigs, rabbits, heritage chickens, and bees. Swim in the salt water pool, fish, or go for a hike.
    When you arrive, the fridge will be stocked with Beaverdam groceries and other local foods. Ali and Dustin will join you for dinner Friday night. Get to know these great farmers over dinner and sit out on the porch to watch the sunset.

    Saturday morning, take a guided tour of the Homestead Center, swim, fish, or go for a hike. Take a natural gardening class in the afternoon and get ready for line dancing with Dustin and Ali Saturday evening.

    Rise early Sunday morning and ride out to Beaverdam Farms where you will get an exclusive look at what Dustin and Ali do every day. End your stay with a farm picnic, a camera full of pictures, and a wealth of new found knowledge, friends and happiness!

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