Over the past years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to spend many hours with Jason talking about regenerative agriculture & and brainstorming consumer market opportunities. I am constantly amazed at the amount of passion that Jason has for his farm and the animals thereon.
I am pleased to introduced to you, the Jason Hostetler Farm.
One evening, Jason and I were taking pictures of the beautiful scene of cattle munching on fresh grass. In the stillness of the evening, all that could be heard was the satiating sound of cattle vigorously grabbing mouthful after mouthful of lush green grass. The cattle then proceeded to joyfully chew the tender shoots of grass.
It was at this moment that Jason said, “You know, there are few things in life more enjoyable than observing vibrant livestock enjoying a healthy evening snack. The sound of the livestock chewing on their favorite meal and hearing happy birds chirping in the background is second to none. This is why I love what I do.”
I call this passion for farming; and, I love to see young farmers like Jason embrace the responsibility of caring for their farms in a passionate way. Many young farmers like Jason are carrying on the baton of farming passed down thru many generations.
Jason stated this truism to me one evening, “You know, Titus, here’s what I love to do on my farm, I take care of the soil and the soil in return grows vibrant healthy plants. The vibrant healthy plants are then eaten by the happy livestock. The happy livestock is then enjoyed by people who are supportive of regenerative agriculture practices and wish to eat the healthiest foods available.” It sounds to me like a very well-spoken farm vision statement.
Jason raises pastured poultry in addition to other animals and is getting quite good results. The plants where the chicken tractors have been, are quite green. It’s obvious that that one of the benefits of pastured chicken is that allows for nutrients from the chicken (chicken manure in case you haven’t figured it out yet!) to be spread over the field in real-time. And of course, the pastured poultry tastes amazing. The health benefits of pastured poultry versus conventional poultry are staggering.
It’s good to have a desire to gain knowledge regarding your occupation and hobbies. Jason does this constantly. Many times, he has told me about some new farming tip that he learned. Interestingly enough, it’s always been about how he can better implement regenerative agriculture practices in his farm. Talk about passion for regenerative farming!
Thank you for supporting small family farms like Jason’s.
Truly, it’s good to know the farmers and trust your food again.