Saturday, May 16, 2015

Trip to Gaucho Farms

     On May 14, 2015, the Monroeville Garden Club traveled to Slocomb, Al. to tour Gaucho Farms.
Gaucho Farms, owned by Jorge and Suzanne Sanchez, is a small, diversified family farm.  It produces all natural 100% grass fed beef and lamb, pastured broiler chickens and turkeys, pastured free range eggs, chemical free fruit and vegetables, and heirloom vegetable plants from certified organic, non GMO seed.
     The farm takes a holistic approach to farming where each small enterprise supports the others.  For example, the chickens and turkeys provide fertilizer for the pasture.  Gaucho Farms never use herbicides and they make their own compost which is used to fertilize the garden.  The poultry and livestock are never given antibiotics or growth hormones.  The lambs and steers are never fed grain, soy hulls, or other industry by-products like chicken litter.
     Gaucho Farms was started because the Sanchezs' wanted to grow the kind of food that they would feel good about feeding to their family and eventually expanded to offer their farm products to others.  You can find more information about the farm on their website:  gaucho farms.com
     After taking the farm tour, members of the garden club were served a box lunch of chicken salad wraps, chips, an apple, and cookies.  Hostesses were Patsy Wadlington, Dana Shinholster, and Gail Touchton.
     On the way home, the club members stopped at The Blue Goose Garden Center in Andalusia.  Members who went on the trip were Patsy Wadlington, Nancy Ziebach, Bev Colquett, Pat Hornady, Dana Shinholster, and Laura Bodiford.