Our principles govern the decisions we make about how to manage our animals and our land here at Shady Grove Ranch.

We believe that God created animals and humans to eat natural diets appropriate to their species. This means, for example, that cows should eat grass, chickens should eat bugs, and pigs should be free to wallow in the pond and root around near acorn trees! It also means that humans should eat animals that are raised as naturally and humanely as possible.

We think humans are healthiest when they eat foods that are free from genetically modified organisms, pesticides, hormones, and herbicides. We believe that locally-produced food is safer, healthier, and better for our nation’s economy. We believe that farmers must make a living but should never mistreat animals or use dangerous substances to increase profits.