The Farmers We Support
We believe in supporting farmers that stand behind their promise to produce pork, chicken, lamb and beef of the best quality possible. These are the small farmers who practice sustainable farming so that they are able to put back into the land. Sustainable farming is an integrated system in which nutrients are cycled through the animal and manures are returned to pastures and fields to maintain soil fertilization. Sustainable agriculture systems are geared to the production of healthy and environmentally safe farming and food products. We support the family farmers that monitor every single process to ensure that they keep up with the high standards that are required and that they set for themselves. Farmers who are proud to say that the animals they raise are humanely raised and fed a proper diet with NO antibiotics, NO hormones and NO steroids. For these farmers, this isn’t just a job, it is their passion.
Guttenberg organic Farms
Guttenberg Farms is a small family farm located in northwestern Wisconsin. They take great pride in humanely raising the finest rare certified organic Heritage/ Heirloom turkey breeds. Jay Guttenberg, owner of Guttenberg Farms, was born and raised in Wisconsin and worked on farms until he joined the army at the age of 19. He served our country during the Gulf War and earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor device for extraordinary heroism in combat. He then went on to serving as a senior law enforcement officer for 21+ years. However, his passion for farming was still alive and in 2003, he joined 4-H with his wife Leslie and two sons Nigel and Preston. They raised a few chickens and turkeys as projects for 4-H which is a community of more than 6.5 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Jay believed that “through 4-H, the Heritage Turkey Foundation, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and other organization; we learned that there was a demand for USDA certified organic heritage turkeys. We learned how rare the heritage/heirloom turkeys had become and appreciated the taste of a pastured USDA certified organic heritage turkey. There truly is a difference in the taste and texture of a heritage turkey and a commercially raised bird. Also, as a parent, I didn't feel comfortable feeding my family food that was subjected to antibiotics, pesticides and other unhealthy substances.”
Heritage/ Heirloom turkeys are raised in a manner that more closely matches the natural behavior and life cycle of wild turkeys. They grow at a slower rate than the traditional commercially raised turkey that is grown using antibiotics and pesticides to speed up production. It takes 28-30 weeks to raise organic heritage turkeys to market weight, compared to only 16 weeks for the white industrial birds. Heritage turkey farmers only produce 30,000 turkeys per year compared to the 200,000,000+ commercial birds. The mission of Guttenberg Farms is to provide the best USDA certified organic pastured heritage turkeys while strictly adhering to the National Organic Program Standards (NOPS) and farming the land in a responsible and sustainable manner. All turkeys that Guttenberg Farms produce bear the “official” USDA organic certification label.
Guttenberg farms believe so strongly in organic turkey because organic foods are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically engineered ingredients. It is also good for the planet because organic farming helps keep air, water, and soil clean by not using synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. To maintain the integrity of the final product, organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. The "organic" food label identifies food grown with practices that doesn’t use synthetic pesticides, herbicides and soil fumigants, doesn't use genetic engineering, and doesn’t use sewage sludge as fertilizer. It means that it improves the quality and fertility of the soil, protects water quality and reduces the impact of agriculture on our environment.