More than organic

Chances Are Good...

... that you are at this website because you know a lot about organic foods. You know the incredible standards to which USDA and OCIA International certified farms are held. You are a chef - professional or home - and you are searching for Full Circle Organic USDA Organic Farm pasture with sheep and lambs enjoying the sun and the skythe best this country, and literally this land, has to offer when it comes to fine meats. We are so proud and excited to be able to offer you this exceptional certified organic luxury lamb. It's the physical manifestation of our philosophy combined with a world-class knowledge of culinary standards and needs. We know what you're looking for, and we have it. We've worked so hard to bring it to you and hope you'll give this organic lamb its chance to amaze and impress you.

What is Organic Food?

If you are just beginning your exploration of organic foods and meats, we encourage you to continue. Let us help - ask us your questions! Here is the USDA's description of organic food, and we think it's actually a good summary.

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.
(Consumer Brochure, USDA National Organic Program )

There are a lot of specifics that you can further research, and frankly, it's exciting research to do. It's a very positive direction to go in, and it's enlightening to know that others value this food and these methods as much as you do. We want to pass on the wisdom that's been passed to us, so really, if there are questions you have, don't be afraid to ask them.

Raising Our Animals Ethically

We wouldn't be the happy people we are if we could not run this farm and fully adhere to our values. And we believe in keeping happy animals. Put quite simply, this is meat as nature intended. The animals thrive as intended by genetics and nature. Many of the issues which are problematic to sheep can be traced to a diet high in grains and complicated by problems of stress and overcrowding. What we have done is utilize animal husbandry wisdom which goes hand-in-hand with organic principles. The lambs are healthy and thrive, giving a quality wholesome product with more flavor and superior quality.

These lambs are managed on our farm through a strict pattern of paddock management; each with its own variety of native grasses and herbal lays to ensure variety. All of our paddocks are also used to make our own certified organic hay; the hay is stored indoors and used throughout the winter months as food. The flock is kept in a very calm and quiet environment and is moved only by the farmer, with assistance of highly skilled staff that have been trained extensively on the simple, calm method of movement of animals. As the sheep graze across their pasture they spread "natures raisins" which are very fertile, and part of the symbiosis of the farm, creating nutrient-rich fodder, and is also a method of keeping parasite problems at bay.

After birth, lambs stay on their mother's milk for at least two months, longer if all are doing well; the spring pasture growth gives the ewes an ample supply of high quality milk, and gives the lambs a great start in life. Lambs at weaning are kept in a large social group and are seen romping and frolicking en masse.

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