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About Bear Creek Acres Dairy
Our Certified Organic farm is located in the rolling hills of Clayton County near Edgewood, Iowa. We are a Father and Daughter farming together with the next generation in training.
The number one priority on our farm is to grow healthy food for our family. It is our belief that healthy food begins with healthy soil. This is the reason for our organic practices.
Organic agriculture is a way of farming that pays close attention to nature. Being certified organic means we follow strict guidelines. Our operation is inspected yearly by a government approved agency to ensure that we meet or exceed the organic standards.
The extra effort it takes to be certified organic gives our customers the assurance that we offer very healthy, pure products raised in a natural setting. Any and all seeds we use to grow feed for our animals are always non- GMO. Our crops are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or herbicides. Growth hormones and antibiotics are not used on our farm.
We milk 30 crossbred cows. Our milk cows are 100% grass-fed. Currently all of our milk goes to Organic Valley.
We raise some of our steers for meat. All are pastured and fed high quality forages throughout their lives. Most are finished with a combination of certified organic forages and grains that we grow on our farm. Feeding our grains allows us to harvest animals throughout the year and results in well marbled, tender, tasty meats that melt in your mouth. We have had our meat tested at Iowa State University. With the limited amount of grain and free access to high quality grass and forage that our beef are finished on, we are able to maintain an above average amount of Omega 3 fatty acids in the meat. (Test results are available upon request.)
We raise crossbred pigs as well. We purchase our hogs from a neighboring organic farm after the piglets have been weaned. Our pigs live outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. No confinement buildings. No GMOs. No antibiotics or hormones. Along with grain, we feed our pigs left over milk from our cows. This leaves their meat very tender and tasty. You can actually taste the difference.
At the moment, we don't have chickens available for sale, but this is an endeavor that we are considering.
Fortunately, we rarely have an unhealthy animal on our farm. We believe this is due to our healthy soils which we are continually improving each year. When an animal is in need of extra care, we use herbal remedies, homeopathy, and other holistic methods.
In contrast to industrial confinement meat production, our animals are given a healthy dose of fresh air, sunshine and space. We feel that the best farm inspector is you, the consumer, so feel free to call ahead or drop by during business hours.