About our Family
It all started when...
Hey There! We’re the Vital Family and we own Acres of Vitality in Scio, Oregon. We’re a homeschooling family with 7 children and baby number 8 due in November. I’m Amanda and my husband is David, with children ranging in ages from 14 down to 2 years old.
WHY WE DECIDED TO START A FAMILY BUSINESS
Ten years ago, we were living in Salem and had an acre of pasture we could use off Cordon road, so we bought our first jersey just for milk for our family. We quickly learned that one Jersey will make more milk than our family could use and began to share with friends and family. It sparked an interest in having a hobby farm just for our family needs.
Then about 7 years ago, we were finally about to purchase 25 acres and move to Scio with nothing more than a dream of hobby farming. To simply have fresh natural healthy veggies, milk, eggs and meat would have been enough for us. However the Lord had a different plan. After just the first year of farming with 3 dairy goats, 1 Jersey cow, 150 laying chickens and 6 beef cows, we were flooded with people asking if we would sell them our product. Because they didn’t have the ability, time, finances or land to do the same. So, we started Acres of Vitality to meet the needs and be a blessing to many families in our community around us.
ABOUT ACRES OF VITALITY
Prior to farming, our family’s health was starting to show signs of weakness. And as we started our health journey, we learned that we really are what we eat in a physical sense.
Ultimately, we couldn’t afford to feed a large family entirely on organic food from the grocery store. Plus, we weren’t pleased with the rules Organic producers were allowed to “bend”. We wanted to know exactly what was in our food. This was the plumb line on which all our farming methods are based. As I mention earlier, our farming intentions were to provide our own family with the healthiest foods we could produce.
With this in mind, we graze all our animals on about 65 acres, including the neighbor’s field we rent. So, our animals have an abundance of fresh grass and browse almost all year long.
Specifically, we only keep them in the barn during December and January on days when our Oregon. And this because the weather is too cold and rainy to make it very pleasant for them to be outside with a muddy ground.
In addition to grass, we feed Organic Alfalfa and natural hay that we raise ourselves. As such, minerals are available to our animals at all times. Not to mention, we feed our dairy animals sprouted barley during milking for additional necessary calories, to keep their milk supply up and weight on.
In fact, we study and apply as much of the Organic practices as we feel comfortable with. And then we go one step more natural by avoiding the use of several of the medications and chemicals they allow Organic farmers to use. We deworm with organic herbs only when necessary. Our beef cows are never fed any grain; they have pasture, hay, alfalfa and minerals.
WHY WE LOVE FARMING
We absolutely love farming not only for ourselves but the many many families that we get to bless. This lifestyle is so incredibly beautiful and satisfying, to wake up each day excited about the farm and all the plans we have for the day is exhilarating!
When our customers are constantly raving on how delicious the milk is, excited about some new food they made with their milk, remarking on how flavorful fresh grassfed beef is or how they notice some aspect of their health improving; all the hard work we have invested is instantly worth it.
WHY WE ARE UNIQUE
Most hobby farmers who sell raw milk in Oregon can only do so directly on their farm. Since Acres of Vitality sells herdshares instead, we can deliver the milk to our customers at our many drop points. For this reason, we became a herdshare owned farm.
How a herdshare works is very simple. Our customers purchase one share of ownership in our herd of either goats and/or cows. Then we, the farmers, take care of their animals. To be sure, this includes everything from mucking out the barn, feeding the animals, tending their every need to milking and delivering the fresh raw milk. Indeed, we do all the work.
Once a year we have a big BBQ and farm day where all of our herdshare owners are welcome to come out and eat some great food and see what’s going on around here. It’s usually held in spring when the weather starts to get nice and there are baby animals everywhere you turn.
Farming and Friends
We’ve been farming for 10 years and our customers can speak for our amazing products and services. Many of them have become close friends after spending many years serving them. Many times farming can be a trial but our customers never stop smiling and showing us gratitude for how their health has improved in many aspects. We thank you for all your support and encouragement!!
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