Aquidneck Farms raises grass-fed beef and pastured poultry on conservation land overlooking the scenic Sakonnet River in Portsmouth, RI. Aquidneck Farms manages close to 400 acres of prime agricultural land all within two miles of the original farm. Our goal is to establish a 180 head closed Angus herd. We have added poultry, sell eggs, chicken broilers as well as farm products.
100% Grass-fed Beef
In today’s market there are a number of labels used to describe sustainable meats. At Aquidneck Farms we have chosen just one: grass-fed.
Most of our cattle is born on the farm, raised on mother’s milk and naturally weaned on lush legume pastures. The herd is carefully selected for genetics that will thrive in a grass-based system. Aquidneck Farms beef is 100% grass-fed. During the summer months the herd is rotationally grazed on our carefully managed pastures. For winter feed we grow, harvest and store specially planted grasses in the form of dry hay and grass silage. We do not use hormones or add prophylactic antibiotics to our feed. Nor do we finish with grain. We avoid pesticides and fertilize the pastures with our own manure, chicken droppings and farm made compost..
All of our beef is slaughtered and processed in USDA facilities in Rhode Island. Our farm management plan is approved by NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service) and all our practices reviewed by DEM (Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management). In compliance with the Rhode Island Health Department we also hold a Retail Food Peddlers License which allows us to sell through stores and restaurants.
Commodity poultry practices have a lot in common with commodity beef. Birds are raised in enormous, overcrowded, enclosed pens with little light, no exercise and medicated feed. Because of the scale and resulting conditions commodity birds are also more prone disease and bacteria such as salmonella.
Our pastured birds are raised in mobile outdoor pens with built in coops called “chicken tractors”. The “tractors” are placed in recently vacated cow pasture and are moved daily. Our birds never lack fresh ground nor their favorite meal: bugs and insect eggs. They have plenty of light, air, fresh water & exercise and are protected from predators. (We have a healthy hawk population.) We supplement their diet with grain but do not medicate the feed.
Aside from bird health, raising poultry outdoors has a beneficial impact on our pastures. Chicken droppings are nitrogen rich and excellent fertilizer.
Seasonal surplus feed is available as dry hay or silage bales sold in 4×4 round bales only.
An additional charge will be added for delivery.
Farm compost for use as a soil amendment is available screened or unscreened in 2 bushel totes or in bulk. Buckets can be purchased from the farm store. We will load bulk orders on the customers’ truck or deliver for an additional charge.
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