We try to survive and thrive as close to Paleo-Indian methodologies as possible while upholding impeccable health and safety standards of the 21st century. In doing so, we search for safe natural products to use that have undergone minimal processing in order to cut down on consumer-driven waste that puts undue stress on the environment. Although we are not yet officially certified as USDA Organic, we do operate under Organic Management Practices and are working with Florida Organic Growers association to receive the certification.
First Line of Defense: Manual removal of bugs by hand and letting the chickens eat bugs free-range in the garden and pasture. We also make most all of the ingredients we use around the farm the same day they are used so no additives are required to preserve and stabilize the product. These are not even considered pesticides and consist of food-based products. Our go-to arsenal consists mainly of plant derived essential oils used in aromatherapy mixed with water and natural castile soap.
Second Line of Defense: If we can’t buy individual ingredients to make a bio-security product on the farm, then we purchase products made with natural (non-synthetic) ingredients that are approved and compatible for organic production use. The products are carefully scrutinized to ensure that the inert ingredients (non-active additives) also added to the product during the manufacturing process are not harmful or toxic if eaten directly. This is important because the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) only requires manufacturers to list the active ingredients on the label. They allow the inert ingredients to be a trade secret, leaving the consumer and the applicator unaware of the possible danger they are exposed to. Many inert ingredients are considered to be hazardous pollutants, extremely dangerous, suspected carcinogens, and occupational hazards.
Third Line of Defense: If a natural ingredient is not sufficient, available, or deemed more of a burden on the environment to produce than to use, then we will use a synthetic alternative. Meaning the active ingredient was made in a lab rather than grown and harvested. And although we strive for paleo perfection, sometimes that option is not the best option for mother earth, Gaia. You can be confident that we make sure your food is still “paleo-safe” and organic according to our quality standards for you to eat in the quantities and time frame applied.
In addition to pesticide application, other stop-gap measures we use to limit disease vectors:
- Environmental design flow control movement from clean areas outwards to dirty areas.
- Physical barriers, quarantine, and site protection to limit spread of disease/pests/vermin.
- Impeccable animal husbandry hygiene and barnyard cleanliness/disinfection.
- First-in-first-out FIFO inventory control and record keeping.
- Visitor control and decontamination of clothes, shoes, and personal protective gear.