While Hester Ranch is the result of Joe's vision and dream, it was Mary's insistence that everything be done right - organic, stress free, and without chemicals. She is the reason we are 100% organic today. Be sure to check out our customer testimonials and FAQs before placing your order!
1. Choose Healthy, Tasty Food
Research from Newcastle University suggests that switching to a diet of organic fruit, vegetables, and cereals provides 20-40% more antioxidants. Additional studies indicate that organically grown food has higher amounts of vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron; all nutrients vital for healthy, functioning bodies.
2. Protect Your Family’s Health
Food choices you make now can have a major impact on your child’s health. Children can be up to 164 times more sensitive than adults to at least eight widely used cancer causing pesticides found in food. Exposure to toxic chemicals has been linked to the development of ADHD, allergies, asthma, and autism in children. Pesticides likewise have been implicated in birth defects, behavioral problems, nerve damage, and genetic mutations. Organic food is produced without the use of toxic pesticides and is a safer alternative for everyone.
3. Preserve the Environment
Pest management practices in organic farming protect wildlife, promote biodiversity, and work to improve and maintain native ecosystems. Organic farms support larger populations of beneficial organisms such as bees, other pollinators, and songbirds! Organic farming also centers on soil fertility—preserving the soil now and for future generations guarantees a sustainable food supply. These methods conserve water and protect our rivers from harmful chemical runoff that can decrease fish populations and create ocean dead zones.
4. Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change
Soil treated organically absorbs more carbon from the air and environment, and slows the process of global warming. Rodale Institute research has shown that organic practices can remove about 7,000 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air per year and sequester it in each acre of organic farmland. Imagine the impact that more acres of organic production could have on the health of the planet if consumers demanded more organic.
5. Remove Additional Antibiotics and Hormones from the Food Supply Chain
Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are not fed antibiotics or hormones. Resistance to antibiotics is on the rise and there is strong evidence to support the presence of antibiotics in our diet as playing a role in this trend. Organic practices avoid the overuse of antibiotics that have consequences for fighting illnesses.
6. Stop the Spread of GMOs
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not allowed in organic production. A large and growing body of research shows that GMOs can be toxic, allergenic, and less nutritious than their natural counterparts. Studies indicate that GMOs can disrupt the ecosystem, damage vulnerable wild plant and animal populations, and harm biodiversity. Help stop the uncontrolled biological experiment by buying organic.
7. Build the National Economy
Organic farms have higher operating profits than the U.S.average for all farms. Data from the USDA shows that 78% of organic farms have plans to maintain or increase organic production levels over the next five years. In a time when farmland is decreasing and the family farmer is struggling, the organic sector continues to aid in revitalizing America’s rural economy and national food system by providing jobs and preserving farmland.
8. Support a More Fair Food System
Although organic foods might seem more expensive than conventional foods, conventional food prices do not reflect hidden costs that all consumers must bear. Billions of dollars are given annually in federal subsidies to conventional commodity crop production. There are also costs associated with the regulation and testing of toxic pesticides. In the supermarket, a basket of conventionally grown produce may appear cheaper simply because it does not include all these hidden costs that are unknowingly borne by the taxpayer. On the other hand, the price of organic food reflects all the personal and wider public benefits of organic production methods.
Source:Understanding Organic Labels and the Top 10 Reasons to Buy Organic, California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF)
Mother 6062 is getting to know her very first calf. Instinct is taking over as she cleans her calf, establishes imprinting, and encourages her to stand and nurse.
Pictured here grabbing some shade in the heat of summer is one of our older bulls, Dakota. We call him that because we bought him in North Dakota - original, huh?
Sparkle (seen here taking a ride horse back) was one of our friendlier and more lazy calves of last year. Sometimes while moving to another pasture, she would rather ride than walk.
Bluto is one of our newest bulls having just gone into production this year. He's stout and making fat calves is what he is all about!
Shown here are our home grown heifers that we keep from our calf crops to replace the older cows that are no longer able to reproduce.