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Kalon Farm operates on a "natural/organic" philosophy.
"We take a modified holistic approach," said Keith Kopley, who with his wife, Ashley, and two sons operates the 70-plus acre operation in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. "We want to be sure that anything we bring on our property will not harm the land or animals."
The operation produces grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, and broiler chickens - as well as turkeys during the holiday season - on two sites. The integrated farm also offers cage-free fresh eggs and season garden vegetables and berries.
Kalon Farm is not certified organic, but the chickens and pigs get antibiotic-free feed, and the cattle and sheep are fed only hay and grass, with no grain. They also avoid using insecticide, herbicide, or fungicide on the gardens and pastures, relying on crop rotation, on-site composting, cover cropping, and rotational grazing to build soil health.
"Many of our challenges include sourcing the proper balage that has the protein level we need along with being grown in the manner we practice," Keith said.
Keith breeds and raises the animals, which are processed at a USDA-inspected facility.
The farm sometimes advertises in local papers, and also relies on Facebook and other social media marketing. The store on its website, www.KalonFarm.com, offers canned goods and logo-bearing clothing along with the meat and eggs – everything from pasture-raised bacon to whole-animal orders and pickled baby beets to pickled pub eggs.
Kalon Farms was featured this year in a new ATTRA publication, "Understanding Organic Pricing and Costs of Production." You can download it or order a paper copy on its summary page.
The Sustainable Producer Spotlight is offered as a celebration of those who practice sustainable and organic agriculture and is not intended as an endorsement of the featured operations or products.
This page was last updated on: December 15, 2014