10478 Riverside Road, Caldwell, Idaho 83607, USA
Our story is not new, but we want you to know it and feel like you are a part of it! Because if you purchase from us or even believe in what we’re doing or want to know more, you play a role.
The McIntyre family started farming this area back in 1909. The generations before us came here with the promise that if you helped with the canal and reservoir project, you could purchase land. The farm started out mostly with row crops and raising animals, including a small dairy and supplying local watermelons. Loren’s dad also started an alfalfa business which is still a part of our operation today. Fast forward to 2009, after returning from college, Ben and Brad (who both received their bachelors degrees from BYU-ID) were picking up rocks in fields and began to wonder why the rocks just seemed to keep coming up. This led them (and all of us!) down the road in many directions… to no-till, biology of the soil and eventually to Gabe Brown.
We realized that life below ground was just as essential as life above. We started bringing more cows back on the land to help build soil and to utilize the refuse left through the no-tilling we had begun to do and believe in. We wanted to build the land the way nature has done it instead of with artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Since that time, more cows are on the farm as well as pastured hogs and pastured chickens and turkeys, which follow in rotation behind the cattle. Pastured laying hens are the perfect ‘sanitizer’ to clean up flies and live the way nature intended, free to graze on lush pasture and build our soil’s health. We graze and grow cover crops, and never let our soil go “naked”. We rotate crops including grasses, forages, brassicas, peppermint and more. We educate and also sell the cover crop seeds that we grow right here with our animals rotating through our fields.
Loren (father) and Ben and Brad (brothers) run the farm presently being the 3rd and 4th generations. Loren always loves a good, new idea (that we love to conjure up)! Brad has a great passion for soil health and loves teaching and helping people build it no matter where they are. Ben enjoys working with the beef and hogs and loves to organize and operate harvesting, grinding, and feeding efforts.
Ben’s wife, Maria, has helped farm and manage the office since she joined the family and currently does the marketing. She has a BA degree in marketing from Utah State University. She loves all aspects of the farm, growing up on one herself in the Magic Valley of Idaho, and involves her and Ben’s 4 children in all the process. Jill (Brad’s wife), also a native Idahoan, helps with egg cleaning and packaging and getting orders out when she can. You may also have met her at farmers market. She is a super busy (and great) mom to 6! Kathy is our matriarch and cheerleader and fills in when she can. She is the mother to NINE kids and grew up here in the Treasure Valley involved in her family’s dairy and farm store. Throughout the year, we have other relatives (sister in laws, cousins) that work seasonally. There are lots of kids running around and enjoying this beautiful way of life. The older ones truly help with the process and the younger ones are learning the ropes and learning to love this life that we cherish. Thanks for stopping by!
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Pasture Based System
• Our pastures are free from pesticides and commercial fertilizers; we use organic practices.
• Cows are grazed on grass and intensively managed; depending on the time of year they are moved daily or sometimes multiple times a day. When the pastures are snow covered or frozen down, cattle are only fed grasses, hays, and baled cover crop. No grain ever.
• Pigs are rotated on their pasture and are free of crates. Their supplemental feed is non-GMO and corn free. We grow and harvest their ration right here on the farm; peas, triticale, lentils, oats, and flax.
• Laying hens are on the same pasture as the cows following behind them.
• Broilers and turkeys are rotated on fresh pasture daily, with a non-GMO, soy free ration.
• We try to disturb the soil as little as possible. We believe that what is happening below the ground is just as important as what is happening above. We try to do everything that we can to feed our soil. This is accomplished using no-till practices.
• Low Carbon Footprint.
• Animals are fed from plants grown on the farm.
• Many producers have to buy feed from other farmers, using extra fossil fuel to haul the feed to and from farms.
• We supplement our animals with Redmond Salt and Clay, this adds minerals to help keep them healthier.
• We also supplement the land with the same minerals helping the grass and other plants grow stronger.
Non-GMO and Soy Free
• Seed and plant diversity has started to dwindle, we want to help keep the diversity alive.
• We don’t believe in low doses of antibiotics to help animals gain weight faster.
Humanely Raised, Harvested, and Traceable
• We breed for docile animals, this leads to less stress for animals and humans.
• Animals are raised in small batches, free from confinement.
• Each animal is harvested one at a time, the old fashioned way at local establishments, and inspected by the USDA.
• Care is taken in each cut and package.
• Unlike large kill facilities, each package of meat we sell, can be traced back to a single animal.
Large batch- instructions on how to pressure can and preserve it- for use over our own beef, pork, or chicken!
Sunday Dinner Chicken (great for weeknights too!)
Easy peasy whole chicken – delightful recipe. Leftovers for salads, soups, bone broth and more
Easy, easy! Potluck winner, game night, Sunday dinner…with a secret ingredient
Honey Mustard Baked Chicken
This recipe uses all of our skin-on poultry (could also use a skin-on turkey breast) and is so tender and tasty!!!
Dry Rubbed Crispy Wings (or leg quarters)
Oven baked wings or leg quarters – no bread crumbs, no panko…just spice!
Apple Brined Pork Chops
A brined chop, browned, finished in the oven with a delicious tangy, creamy sauce and sautéed apples to go over top!
A Family Farm Approach to Healing
Brad McIntyre – McIntyre Pastures (Caldwell, ID)
Brad talks about his family farms journey from conventional farming to regenerative practices working with leaders like Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta.
10478 Riverside Road
Caldwell Idaho 83607
Email: [email protected]
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