About Skyview Farm
Our story began more than 20 years ago when we met at a church fellowship retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Little did we know that this school teacher and log home builder would end up being cheesemakers. After starting our family, home schooling, and working in the weatherization program for the city of Kansas City, a brief period pastoring a local church, and our moving to rural Linn County, we began developing this 80 acre hobby farm into a sustainable business. The original idea was to earn enough money so that our food was paid for. As the demand for healthy, nutritious food increased, we changed our plan.
Now that our youngest child is graduating from home schooling, we have transitioned to the creamery aspect of our farm as our focus. We thought it would be less work, but I'm not so sure! It is certainly an adventure.
We have built a brand new creamery where we not only milk the cows, but make a variety of cheeses and age them in the underground cheese "cave." We are really enjoying making some delicious, natural rind cheeses that you can purchase directly from our on farm store. Stop by and sample the cheeses!
Our goal is to provide the most nutritious and delicious food possible for not only your family, but ours too! We try to be as organic as possible in our management practices. No antibiotics or artificial growth hormones are used. Allowing the animals to eat foods typical of their wild cousins, grazing as much as possible, and rotating paddocks to allow the forages to thrive are more important than the small amount of grain that we bring in for them.
We are currently using non-GMO grain mixures comprised of alternative grains. So far they have not developed GMO versions of wheat, barley, oats, milo, etc. and they make up the lion's share of the recipes.
We're Grass Farmers!
Equally important to us and perhaps more so, is that animals that are created to eat grass are not only allowed to, but are encouraged. We go to great lengths to move the dairy cows to the best pasture available on the farm. The more green and growing grass they consume, the better the milk... and the more they produce. Our free range hens couldn't get any freer as they have no fencing whatsoever. We also move their houses frequently to provide fresh pasture for them to explore. The grass finished beeves have not had any grain at all so they are an excellent source of CLA's, vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids. The pasture raised broilers are in floorless portable pens that allow us to move them over fresh pasture twice a day.
Antibiotics and Hormones
All animals have naturally occuring hormones in their bodies to control basic body functions. Our own bodies as well. We do not tamper with their natural cycles with hormones of any kind.
Antibiotics have been used and abused in agriculture to such an extent that at least 70% of all antibiotics used in the US are fed to livestock for reasons other than treating disease. When a lifethreatening illness attacks your family, many formerly useful antibiotics are now ineffective. We rarely need to use an antibiotic. As a rule, we treat sick animals with probiotics, concentrated vitamins and minerals, and homeopathic remedies first. If the animal does not respond, we will use antibiotics as a last resort to try to save his/her life. Then the patient is out of the food source loop for an extended period of time.
We look forward to serving you,
Bill and Sheri Noffke,