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About Our Farm

Located just outside of Montrose, Pennsylvania, Windwood Hill Farm is a family owned and operated agricultural enterprise committed to producing highly nutritional products using sustainable, synergistic, and environmentally friendly production models. We are constantly experimenting with our methods and models; striving to mimic nature's design of having each element be complementary and symbiotic with all the other elements involved.

Every day is a new adventure in agriculture. 

Benefits of Grass-Fed

"Grass-Fed" or "Pastured" means the continual moving of livestock over good pasture forage. There is solid nutritional research on pasture-raised animals which clearly demonstrates how livestock produced this way contributes to vastly better health of both the livestock and the consumer.

Poultry raised on pasture is very high in beneficial fatty-acids and other factors that lower cholesterol and greatly reduce degenerative disease in the consumer. Eating large portions of living green plants, while simultaneously foraging for insects and seeds and myriad other natural commodities, pastured poultry exhibits more vibrant health than "industrial" poultry. Moreover, the meat and eggs are incredibly tasty compared to general market chicken. Currently, restaurateurs are one of the largest groups of purchasers of pastured poultry and eggs, but even among the best chefs, there is still very little awareness of the existence of pastured poultry products, much less the health benefits.

Research on the relationship of essential fatty-acids with manner in which livestock is raised is relatively new. The gist of what is being discovered is that by feeding animals a strictly all-grain diet, devoid of fresh grasses, man has unwittingly led himself down the road to degenerative disease.

 

This is because fatty-acids, which control a myriad of bodily functions, fall into two families: the Omega-3's and the Omega-6's. The Omega-3s group comes from the leaves of green plants (and plankton in the ocean), while the Omega-6s group comes from the seeds (for example, grain used in animal feeds). Animals that eat quantities of green plants have very high levels of Omega-3s. Conversely, animals fed strictly grain, which includes virtually all American feed animals, are very high in Omega-6s.

 

We should have approximately equal amounts of Omega-3s and Omega-6s in our bodies, or at maximum, not much more than twice the Omega-6s as Omega-3s. But almost all Americans have ten or twenty times more Omega-6s than Omega-3s, a condition that leads to all sorts of degenerative disease.

 

One simple way to rectify this fatty acid imbalance is to consume animal products raised on grass.

 

The very best, most healthful way to eat and get those fatty acids back into balance, is to locate and build a relationship with a local farmer who produces grass-fed products, and eat them as fresh off the farm as possible. There is something in farm-fresh produce of all kinds that imparts health like nothing else can.

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