Meet Doug and Sheila Garrison from DS Family Farm in Malcom Nebraska!
“When our journey to raise healthy animals, meets people on a journey to find healing food, that is WHY we do what we do.” – Doug Garrison
Located in the eastern Nebraska community of Malcolm, just 15 miles northwest of Lincoln, DS Family Farm has been building soil and healing the land since 1997. Out of a passion to steward the land and provide nourishing healthy meats, Doug and Sheila raise pasture grazed cattle and poultry. Their original herd of cattle in 2011 had 9 heifers and one bull. The farm today has a 15-cow herd that is moved around on pasture each day to introduce fresh grass.
Cattle at DS Family Farm are on pasture 365 days a year and are both Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grassfed, which require third-party inspections. Cattle are moved to fresh paddocks regularly, mimicking the natural movements of bison that once were an integral component of a healthy grassland ecology. They believe that “frequent moves to fresh forages provide for healthy animals, healthy prairies and ultimately your health.”
Chicken and poultry raised by the Garrisons are also raised on pasture, being sheltered in a ‘chicken tractor’- a floorless, moveable shelter- which is pulled daily to new patches of grass. The birds feast upon the grass and insects, while conveniently depositing natural fertilizer to build the soil. The poultry’s diet is supplemented with non-gmo, corn-free, and soy-free freshly ground poultry feed.
DS Family Farms is passionate about connecting with their customers, there are some great shots of happy customers and friends checking out the herd and the prairie located here. Doug and Sheila also maintain a well done and informative blog on their website. Reading through the posts is a great way to learn about their techniques, and about larger issues of meat production, animal husbandry, and land management.
Check out DS Family Farm’s website, blog and social media pages for exciting updates, great photos, and info on where to purchase their products!
DS Family Farm offers:
- Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grass-Fed Beef
- Soy-Free/Corn-Free Pasture-Raised Chickens
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