Farming Practices

Willett-Stone farm is an organic, regenerative farm. That means we focus on conservation-based agriculture that promotes soil health, which increases nutrition in our food and increases the Earth’s resillience to climate change. We don’t grow GMO crops, use pesticides, or till our soil.

During WW2, the Nazi scientists invented chemicals to be used in warfare and in gas chambers. After the war ended, they developed those same chemicals into a pesticide, and sent them to the US to be marketed as a miracle for farming. Now, many pesticides are so widespread they’re found in everything from our drinking water to breastmilk- the health ramifications of which are still largely unknown.

Additionally, tilling soil became widespread because it was an easy way to break up crusted soil for faster planting. But in the long term, tillage can deplete the soil of organic matter and microorganisms- and when you destroy the microbiome in the soil your food grows in, you destroy the microbiome in your gut. This can manifest itself as anything from a simple upset stomach to food intolerances and autoimmune issues.

This global problem will only be solved when God steps in, but we are excited to contribute in a small way to growing nutrient dense food that preserves the soil- and is both tastier and healthier than grocery store fruits and vegetables.

farming faq

Questions & Answers

“Certified Organic” is a term used for products produced in line with the standards of the USDA. When you see that seal on food packaging, it means they’ve been approved in line with the federal regulations- which in the US, means a minimum of 70% of the product can actually be made with organic ingredients.

On average, the cost of getting certified is more than $2,800 annually. Since we’re just starting out and have only been selling to the public for a year, we are not certified organic yet. Rest assured that we are working towards this goal, and in the meantime, we strive to be honest and open about our farming practices on our social media.

“Pasture-raised” is a term used to describe living conditions for the chickens- to be certified pasture-raised by the HFAC, there must be 108 square feet of field per bird (about the size of a single car garage) and housing where the hens can go inside at night. This is more humane than “cage-free” or “farm-raised”, where with the former, the chickens don’t have access to the outdoors, and with the latter, the requirement is only 2 square feet per bird. But we still could do better.

We get our eggs from our neighborring farm- (insert name here) and we’ve seen firsthand that the hens have humane and comfortable living conditions. They have (x) acres, an organic diet of fresh grass and bugs, and go inside whenever they want. As a result, the eggs have a darker yolk, are more nutritious, and have a richer, more savory flavor.

Organic farming is generally considered more sustainable than conventional methods- the lack of pesticides and wider variety of plants, as opposed to monocropping, improve fertility of the soil in the long-term, enchances the biodiveristy of the area, and reduces pollution that comes from using unnatural fertilizers and pesticides, that contaminate the soil and run-off into nearby water supplies.