FOOD IS LIFE
We wanted to eat something other than factory-farmed food. We wanted active participation in the food process. We wanted to eat clean, pure and wholesome food that didn’t contain or use hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and herbicides.
We also were concerned about the humane treatment and handling of animals and felt we could provide our animals with livelihoods that include all of the great outdoors and allow natural habits like rooting, grazing, and scratching for bugs.
At Jóia, we use organic practices to guide how we raise our animals. We ensure that our animals eat a healthy and diverse diet of grains, greens and garden waste. We ensure they have access to the sun, rain, and the natural elements and that they can express their natural instincts.
All of our animals are humanely raised, fed organic and/or non-gmo grains, pasture-raised, and get to do what they do naturally. We believe in happy animals for healthy food.
Our goal is to be completely self-sustainable, where our livestock feeds our soils and the soils feed the plants we grow. We believe in the principles of agroecology, a whole systems approach to agriculture: linking ecology, culture, economics and society. We focus on having biodiversity, with the sharing of animals and crops working together to create healthy soils, healthy animals, healthy plants, a healthy environment, and most importantly healthy food.