We are a couple of beginning and young farmers in our 30's who are trying to make a difference and help our food system. Autonomy Farms was created with the simple need of wanting something more. In our own search for seasonal produce and humanely raised meat and eggs, we realized a gap in the local marketplace. It's more obvious than ever that there is a disconnect from the farmer to the consumer; our goal is to help reconnect the two by having direct relationships within the local community.
We respect nature and everything that comes with it. We focus on growing niche heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables because we believe a plant in it's original state will produce the best tasting and most nutrient dense produce. We practice crop rotation, composting and allow the hens through the rows following harvesting to maintain healthy soil which leads to higher yielding plants and less pests and diseases. We recently purchased 20 acres which will allow for us to grow more produce - this new farm will become certified as organic. The addition of this new land will also allow us the opportunity to host school field trips, events and tourism.
We believe in naturally raised meat and eggs free of hormones, antibiotics, GMO corn and soy.
Our meat chickens are raised on a combination of pasture and rows of vegetables. Our chickens are a cornish cross breed and are harvested between eight and nine week of age. You will find our chickens to have less fatty dark meat and more meat per pound, as they are not injected with a saline solution before packaging.
Our hens are fed a diet partially consisting of flaxseed and fish oil which enrich their eggs with Omega 3 fatty acids. The feed is completely corn and soy free. The hens live in a mobile chicken coop, which is pulled through the vegetable rows and permanent pasture. This leads to the rich orange colored yolk and an overall better tasting egg. Our flock is currently about 750 birds.
Our beef is grass fed and grazes on grasses in Southern California and on permanent pasture. We raise Angus cattle. All of our cattle are harvested between 24-30 months old, once they reach about 1200 pounds. Our beef will have a more yellow fat content, which is a sign of good grass fed beef. It will also have a more "beefy" taste than meat you typically source from a large brand name grocery store.
Our lamb breed is Suffolk. The animals are harvested once they reach around 110 pounds. Their feed will vary during the time of year from all wild grasses to sprouted grain to hay.
Our pigs are Hampshires and are harvested at around 210 pounds. They are fed a local beer grain in addition to vegetable scraps. Our pork will have a decent amount of fat content and the meat is darker in color versus the more pink/white pork you would buy at a grocery store.
All of our animals are harvested in Southern California with the exception of our lamb, which twice a year is processed in Northern California. We choose to partner with smaller USDA facilities located within a 100 mile radius of the farm to help to minimize our carbon footprint, prevents the animals from being stressed during transport and allows us to support other small local businesses.