A Little Hope Farm is owned by Eliza Cannaday and Jeff Hlavac. It's on five acres in Sandy, Oregon. Eliza and Jeff live there and do all the work. They have many animals, but raise Cornish Cross chickens and Bourbon Red turkeys for sale, one small flock at a time.
The Chickens, the Turkeys, and...the Donkey?
The turkeys have it just as good, if not better.
|The turkeys and the donkey--buddies. Well, sort of...
|This tom gets all the ladies to himself.
A Little Hope for a Reason
There are so many good things about the farm that you should know, but one of the most important is the ethics they bring to farming. It isn't just about humane treatment of the birds they are raising; it's also about humane treatment of the people in their lives.
"If you are lucky enough to have five acres, you have an opportunity and an obligation to grow for your community."
Five acres is enough, says Eliza, that you can have a small farm with some diversity and enough room for the chickens and the turkeys and goats and donkey and human kids to roam around.
Eliza and Jeff are strong believers in the benefits of diversified small farms over large mono-cultures. Not only because small batch farming normally results in less sick animals, but also because it leads to more accountability.
|Eliza getting some turkey eggs. Yummy.
"Buy your meat from who fed it," Eliza says. This is key to breaking the industrial system. Even organic farming--if it is embedded in an industrial system--does not increase accountability between the consumer and the producer. It is the industrialized systems themselves that create separation. This includes large scale operations like Oregon Country Beef where you can have no idea who raised the meat you are eating. You're required to put your trust in the system and not the people. This can create loop-holes and gaps that perpetuate the disconnect and reduce the sense of accountability.
It is this sense of accountability--to the animals they raise, their community of neighbors, friends, and customers, the natural world they are a part of--that motivates Eliza and Jeff.
If you know the person you are buying from, if you see where they raised the animals and what it means to them to have a healthy product, then you are changing the way things are done, even just a little bit.
That is the little hope that this farm is built on.
To find out more about heritage turkeys or pastured chickens, call Eliza at 503-997-8308.
Normally every bird is sold well in advance, so place your orders early.