Gasper Farm Organically Fed, Pastured Chicken And Duck

Chickens love to graze!

Organically Fed, Pastured Poultry

We carefully graze our organically fed birds on pasture to produce an awesome tasting chicken and duck that is truly healthy for you and has been raised in a manner that restores the environment and honors the chicken.

Two Ways to Order

A La Carte

No obligation a la carte orders are filled when poultry is available AFTER CSA members have had their first dibs. Supply is limited, email us to get on the waiting list. The next delivery is estimated for May '15.

Poultry CSA

The best way to get poultry is via our CSA. When you place your deposit you reserve your share of the batch, securing your supply and the best price. If there are extra birds you also get first dibs on a la carte orders.

We only do batches for the CSA as demand warrants. Once we have enough reservations we'll order the chicks, who then take 3-4 months to grow out. If you reserve now the next butchering wouldn't be any earlier than June '15.

Poultry

2015 Chicken

Our first batch of Red Rangers is due to butcher in the April/May time frame. A second batch of Rainbows or New Hampshires is projected for summer butcher.

2015 Duck

Our next batch of duck will not be until spring 2015. Email me to get on the notification list for when we go live on CSA reservations and waiting list sign-ups.

2015 Goose

If I have sufficient demand we'll hatch some geese from our flock for 2015 delivery. Email me to indicate your interest.

Turkey

We so want to do turkey but have too many new things on the itinerary to add them. But 2016? Email me to indicate your interest.

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GREAT TASTING & HEALTHY   |    THE PROBLEM WITH CONVENTIONAL CHICKEN   |    COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)   |    ORDER YOUR CHICKEN


Great Tasting & Healthy!

Our mission is to produce the best tasting, nutrient dense, health building, chemical free poultry possible in a way that restores the environment and allows our birds to live healthy, happy lives! Our birds are:

Our customers keep raving about how our chicken:

"This chicken was sweet and succulent and simply the best chicken we have ever eaten."

- Brenda Frankenfeld, Lawrence, KS

"We're HUGE fans of the chickens we picked up. It's yummmmmy."

- Katie P., Kansas

"Put us down for another 3-4 pound chicken... I just made a soup from the one we got earlier this week, and my husband is begging for more! :)"

- Hillary Urich, Shawnee, KS

"The chicken was delicious. I slow cooked it yesterday with a generous spice rub and couldn't believe the size of the thigh and leg bones."

- Sidney G. Kline Jr., Kansas City

"The chickens are very tasty, high quality."

- Jerrald G., Overland Park, KS

"I roasted one of the chickens last weekend. I had never roasted a chicken before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was awesome. Flavorful and tender. Turned out great."

- Amy C., Lawrence, KS

  • Non-GMO Fed - Our birds are never fed GMO grains of any kind. We use only organically grown grains (mostly certified) which are legally prohibited from being genetically modified.
  • Organically Fed - Non-GMO is not enough! Our birds eat locally grown, organically produced grains and organic supplements to make sure their food and yours is free of harmful contaminates such as GMO's, round-up, and other cancer causing chemicals and is produced in a manner which doesn't harm the environment. Much so called Non-GMO feed and food is still produced using pesticides and other nasty chemicals including Roundup, the chemical behind much of the harm associated with GMO foods.
  • Pastured - Our birds spend their days grazing green pastures and consuming grasses and insects. Not at all 'vegetarian fed', this diverse diet and exercise benefits nutrition, flavor, and bird health while lending it a unique taste of place.
  • Naturally Raised without chemicals - We use NO chemicals, antibiotics, vaccines, or other pharmaceuticals which compromise the health of the chicken and compromise the bacterial and chemical health of your food.
  • Slow Growing - We raise a slow growing broiler breed produced by a small hatchery in Alabama, S&G Poultry. Taking 12-16 weeks to reach maturity, these birds have time to build better flavor and while growing at a slow rate that avoids health issues. They also have a nice balance of leg, thigh, and breast meat.
  • Small scale - We are an independent, small-scale diversified family farm exclusively producing food for our own local consumers. Our chickens are but one part of our operation. They are raised naturally as part of a greater system that fits them in their ecological niche on our farm. Our entire operation is structured to mimic nature and enhance the natural processes to build fertility and restore the environment.

Our practices benefit and enrich the life and health of our birds, the environment, and you! Raised in this manner your chicken is nutrient dense; meaning it tastes better, leaves you feeling fuller (hence you eat less), and is better for you. Chickens raised right have a unique and wonderful flavor that is beyond compare!

All of this stands in stark contrast to the way supermarket chicken is produced and even that grown by local farmers. Conventional chicken production, even on pasture, puts low-cost first, compromising the quality, flavor, and healthfulness of the meat.

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The Problem with Conventional Chicken

There are a number of problems with the grocery store chickens most people are used to. Though touted as a low-fat, healthy food, they are actually bad tasting, bad for you, bad for their farmers, bad for the chicken and bad for the environment.

Frankenchicken

"Healthy food can only come from healthy animals."

The breed used in factory farms (and by most local farmers!) is the Cornish Cross chicken. We call this hybrid freak of nature the "Frankenchicken". Their unnaturally high growth rates, reaching full size in as little as 5 weeks, lead to a host of side effects. Even when pastured these immune-suppressed birds are smelly, dirty, can barely walk, have a high mortality rate, and produce blander food. Without careful management they literally eat themselves to death and often have heart attacks or die without apparent cause.

While their high growth rate and feed efficiency makes them profitable to grow, we refuse to raise them. This means our chicken costs more and we make less money, but we believe health food can only come from healthy animals.

And with chicken as in all things in life, you get what you pay for. Fast growing, feed efficient birds simply do not take in enough nutrients nor have enough time to create great tasting, nutrient-dense meat.

Flavorless

It wasn't until I started eating farm raised chicken that I realized how horrendous grocery store birds are. To think I used to like that stuff? By comparison it is flavorless, stringy cardboard. Frankenchickens are lazy birds that lay around in their own manure all day eating, even when raised on pasture. The lack of exercise, the hyper-feed efficiency, and the lack of selection for meat quality have resulted in a meat which is bland at best and inedible at worst.

Conventional, GMO Feed

Most farmers feed their chickens conventional feed made from non-organic grain. This means the grains were produced in a manner that is destroying our environment, contaminating the feed and environment with chemicals causing cancer and a myriad of other diseases, and are grown from GMO seed which is also causing health problems in plant and the animal. Furthermore chicken feed is often dosed with various chemicals including arsenic and antibiotics in order to boost feed efficiency.

Factory Farming

Your grocery store chicken is produced under circumstances that look more like a factory than a farm. These birds are kept in large crowded confinement barns by the thousands where they live in a space about the size of a sheet of paper and are handled and processed largely with automated equipment. Even so-called 'free-range' birds are actually grown indoors in confinement.

"About 11,000 people die every year from S. aureus infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than half of those deaths are from the hospital "superbug" methicillin-resistant S. aureus or MRSA." - LA Times

Contaminated Chicken

These conditions are so deplorable the are fed antibiotics just to keep them alive. Independent tests of store chicken routinely find high levels of contamination with a myriad of pathogens like salmonella, e-coli, MRSA, and more. Many of these are resistant to our antibiotic treatments, a resistance developed in the factory farm, and some of them are novel diseases of our time having originated in the confinement farms to begin with. The way these chickens are treated is literally killing you!

One recent study found almost half of all meat in the grocery store was contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus (the common cause of Staph infections). And half of those were resistant to the common treatment antibiotics. What does this mean? You have a 1 in 4 chance of buying a piece of meat that could very well hospitalize you with a nasty, difficult to treat infection. This study covered all meats (including chicken), beef, pork, and turkey are all raised in conditions very similar to chicken.

This has three major causes. First, the deplorable conditions produce sick birds. Second, the heavy use of antibiotics is breeding new varieties of antibiotic resistant bacterias. And third, the massive processing plants with lots of automation and high throughput leads to carelessness and lots of chance for cross contamination.

But you can't count on the FDA to do something about this. So long as less than 50% of meat samples at the processing plant come back negative they let the meat be sold! They don't care if your food has disease causing pathogens. Their solution? The customer should handle the meat properly assuming it is contaminated. To avoid this health risk you must take matters into your own hands. While we cannot guarantee perfectly safe food, we raise our birds in an environment the avoids many of these problems and process them by hand on our farm on a small scale.

Slave Labor

The modern poultry industry has been vertically integrated by the poultry processors who control everything from egg to butcher. The farmers raise birds under captive contracts that make them little more than slaves. They bear almost all the risk, have no control over the way they raise them, and rely on off the farm jobs to survive as all the profit goes to the processor. Because most farmers are paid less than the true cost of production, essentially paying for the privilege of working for free, 83% of all farmers rely on off the farm jobs to survive. This is neither just nor sustainable.

Environmental Degradation & Food Security

The modern poultry industry relies on a system of grain agriculture which is unsustainable and threatens our long term ability to grow the food necessary to feed our nation.

In the first place it is economically unsustainable. The unprofitability of agriculture has led to a decades long exodus of farmers out of farming with few new farmers to replace them. Many of the rest have given up farming for food and are simply farming for subsidies; planting things in places and times which are destined to lead to crop-failure. While growing crops isn't profitable, collecting government subsidized insurance payments for failed crops is.

Secondly it is ecologically unsustainable. Conventional agricultural soil practices are destroying habitat, killing the soils, and eroding away our soils. In 150 years of US agriculture we've lost half of all our top-soil and once its gone its gone, all that will be left is unproductive desert. And all that topsoil being washed away is taking with it a raft of disease causing chemicals that are poisoning our water supplies and destroying the ability of the Gulf of Mexico to even support life.

Find out how wonderful real chicken is: order yours today!


Community Supported Agriculture ( CSA )

Our chicken is sold two ways: by pre-order with deposit via our CSA or regular a la carte sales. A la carte sales occur at the time of delivery but there is limited supply and a higher price. By pre-ordering via our CSA you get a discount price and can lock in your supply.

To be successful a farm must be both ecologically and socioeconomically sustainable. To accomplish that our chicken pre-orders are governed by the principles of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). These principles were developed independently in several different countries in the mid-20th century in response to the unjust and unhealthy food system which was driving farmers out of business and destroying our food.

What is CSA? CSA is eaters and farmers joining together as partners; brethren in the process of producing the food which nourishes them both. When you join with us in ordering chicken you are not just a consumer, but a co-producer. You are not just buying food. You are nurturing the creation of life giving food beneficial to eaters, farmers, the poultry, the environment, and the economy. You are helping create a just, ethical, and sustainable local food system to nourish all of us and our children.

The most common form of CSA is the subscription vegetable CSA with its periodic box deliveries of a variety of produce. But the CSA principles are not primarily about the form of delivery, but the structure of food production. Rather than doing monthly deliveries of meat at this time we are taking pre-orders for individual birds from our next batch of chickens. You can order many or as few birds as you want.

Pre-order

Our chicken is available primarily via the Pre-order CSA. We are a natural farm growing everything we sell. We are not a factory, a warehouse, a grocery store or a reseller of other farm's produce. So we cannot just order in more chicken off the truck to fill your order. We have to grow it and that takes time. To get chicken you will order ahead of time how many you want from the next batch of chickens.

Deposit

To secure your CSA Pre-order we require an upfront deposit. This deposit funds the chicks and the feed to grow them out. It is non-refundable and at risk. By providing this you enable us to produce your food while reducing your food cost by eliminating finance and opportunity charges.

Share the Risk

In conventional agriculture the farmer takes all the risk and gets none of the reward. Whether or not you decide to buy a chicken at the store, the farmer still bears the expense to get it there. The farmer who puts his time in to produce the food and encumbers his farm with debt to finance the operating costs risks everything should demand not materialize or predators take the flock. The consumer who enjoys the fruits of his labors bears no risk.

Therefore our pre-orders operate on a risk sharing basis. We have our labor at risk and you have your deposit at risk. In this way should the chicks die in the mail or predators take the flock no one looses everything. We all risk a little but no one will loose his shirt. We also share the time risk; the time to butcher is dependent on many things out of all our control such as chick availability, weather, feed quality, growth rates, etc. Should you back out you will loose your deposit. If bird death exceed expected mortality rates we will proportionally reduce the number of chickens delivered to everyone.

But the risk is not all downside. We've built in a cushion to cover expected mortality rates and have spec'd the feed usage pessimistically to ensure we don't run out. If mortality rates and feed efficiency are better than expected we will sell the excess birds and credit your final bill the excess feed & chick cost from those birds. Our co-producers will also have first dibs on buying these excess birds.

Join us in producing food for the future. Lets grow chicken!


Order Your Chicken

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Pricing

Regular retail price for chicken (a la carte orders) is expected to be $8.99/# + tax & delivery. Pre-order CSA customers will pay a discounted rate of $7.99/lb price sans deposit and any credits + tax & delivery. The actual effective price per pound for CSA Pre orders will depend on the mortality rate and feed efficiency and is unknown until butcher time. We're targeting a 3.5 - 4.0 lb m/l dress weight but they often go higher. Past batches have seen a final pre-order cost closer to $7/#.

Chicken CSA Pre-order Sign-up by Deposit

To secure your order there is a $19.99 per bird deposit which you can place online

Duck CSA Pre-order Sign-up by Deposit

Duck CSA ordering will be published online as soon as we finish the production planning. Email me to be notified when its open for order.

A La Carte Orders

We are out of stock of chicken and duck at the moment. Email me to get on the waiting list or lock in your supply now via the Poultry CSA's.

Schedule

The next a la carte chicken delivery is expected the May drop-off. Future Chicken CSA batches will deliver June or later.

We'll do one batch of ducks in the spring.

We'll do one batch of geese sometime pending demand. Turkey won't be until 2016 at the earliest.

Pickup

Once your chickens are butchered they will be delivered to the next monthly meat drop-off in Overland Park and Lawrence. There will be a 10% delivery fee (capped at $15); subject to change. You may avoid the delivery charges by picking up your chicken from the farm on butcher day.

Questions?

If you have any questions, comments, or need help with your order please do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by email at farmer1@gasperfarm.com or phone at 913-723-3838. We're very busy so if we do't answer the phone please just leave a message. Email is usually the more reliable way to reach us.

Thank You for your support!